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Big D Daily: News for Monday, December 12, 2016

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Seattle wins MLS Cup on penalties.

I don’t know about you but I’m thankful the season is officially over. Now on to the crazy week of drafts.

// FC Dallas //

Building for 2017: A look at the FCD forwards | Big D Soccer

Our final installment in the building roster series comes down to the forwards, an area where FCD has plenty of them but only really one or two that has experience.

2016 FC Dallas player grades | Big D Soccer

A seasons worth of game grades collected into one post.

Expansion teams could benefit from FCD’s work | FCDallas.com

Today we’ll find out who is protected and who is not for this week’s expansion draft.

// MLS //

Doyle: Battered Seattle battle to win MLS Cup | MLSSoccer.com

It wasn’t a super pretty game, though it did have solid moments of entertainment value. But after a while it was pretty apparent that Seattle was content on sitting back and letting Toronto have their run of things.

Wiebe: Did Seattle deserve to win MLS Cup? Doesn’t matter | MLSSoccer.com

Were they the best team all season? Absolutely not. But once again the team that got hot late in the year won the league’s top prize.

My eyes were closed but I saw it all | Sounder at Heart

Just like their blog says, it was a perfect ending to an imperfect season.

The locker room speech that saved the Sounders season | Sounder at Heart

Seattle looked dead in the water back in the summer but a new manager got them on the right track.

This isn’t your ‘typical Toronto’, they’ll be back | Waking the Red

Toronto looked like they ran out of ideas after about 30 minutes on Saturday but they were still the better team for the entire 120 minutes.

Seattle defense was key in win | ESPNFC

Chad Marshall and Roman Torres had a heck of a game. Stefan Frei may be a new legend to Sounders fans with the saves he made.

Frei’s save will go down in league history | Goal.com

There weren’t a ton of jump out of your seat type moments but that one was huge.

Midfield battle was excellent | FourFourTwo

Michael Bradley and Ozzie Alonso were amazing on Saturday against one another and for their clubs. I hope people appreciate the type of work they did on the field.

Atlanta adds four players and assets during trade window | Dirty South Soccer

For about two hours yesterday, every time I checked my email I got a new release from Atlanta talking about some trade that they had just made. Boy they were busy. That Michael Parkhurst trade was a nice pickup though.

NYCFC picks up Johnson from Atlanta | Hudson River Blue

Clever bit of business from Atlanta to snag Sean Johnson from Chicago, only to trade him away for allocation monies.