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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Is it the weekend yet?

MLS: Seattle Sounders FC at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas hopes to remain alive in the Playoffs this weekend as they host Seattle.

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Pareja and Hedges named finalist for awards | Big D Soccer

Big congrats to these two for their hard work though I am disappointed in not seeing Carlos Gruezo for the Newcomer of the Year, or even some more love for Chris Seitz in the Keeper of the Year.

FCD trying to remain positive before second leg | Dallas Morning News

There have been some big comebacks before in the MLS Cup Playoffs, none this big but if there is a team that could make it happen, it would be this group.

Urruti’s bike is up for Goal of the Year |

Time to go vote!

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Giovinco MVP snub may be the worst in league history |

Sometimes I really don’t get the voters in these awards from year to year. But to leave a guy that scored 17 goals and assisted on 15 others is a crime in itself. Also, I like the point made here about Tim Howard getting nominated for Keeper of the Year. I really don’t like how voters value half seasons more than full seasons in these things.

The worst award snubs this year |

Yeah, more love for Walker Zimmerman too!

Five coaching moves that have defined these playoffs |

Sadly, we see the move that Oscar Pareja tried last Sunday in this list.

One key for each playoff team to survive |

There is really no other option left for FC Dallas in these playoffs, throw things forward and hope for the best.

Keane no longer a key for LA |

What is dangerous to think about in this is that he is getting healthy and is becoming a crazy-good option off the bench.

Andre Blake graduates from the GA program | Brotherly Game

Philly’s roster construction for next year gets a little trickier with Blake coming on the books more against the salary cap.

Ricketts is becoming TFC’s not-so secret weapon | Waking the Red

What is FC Dallas missing so far in these playoffs? A secret weapon like Tosaint Ricketts has become up in Toronto.

Beckham’s Miami team looking at a 2019 start date now | Fox Soccer

So it looks like 2018 will be a year we have an odd number of teams. Great. MLS really needs to pull the plug on this one.

Atlanta to pay rent, Cincy unveils MLS plan |

Some more expansion notes to discuss. Atlanta is going to be paying around a $1 million to rent Georgia Tech’s stadium for a few months next season.

Are DPs smart investments for MLS clubs? |

The age-old ‘should we go after a big name’ debate rolls on.