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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Expansion Draft is in the books.

One draft is done in MLS this offseason, but there are plenty more on the way.

// FC Dallas //

Atlanta United selects Zach Loyd in Expansion Draft | Big D Soccer

We’re all a bit bummed to see Loyd go but it is probably for the best in this case. If he can be healthy again, I know I will be rooting him on there in Atlanta.

Zach Loyd says goodbye to FCD fans | Big D Soccer

Such a classy dude.

MLS Cup was a total dud this year | Big D Soccer

We’re not saying it was a dud because our team wasn’t in it, it was just a snooze fest outside of a couple moments and the penalty kicks.

Fernando Clavijo discusses offseason moves to come |

So we have a fullback in Aniba Chala on the way, a winger to replace Fabian Castillo, likely another HGP signing and Atiba Harris is getting a new contract with the club. That is a good start to the offseason if you ask me.

// MLS //

Explaining the expansion draft haul |

Just as you would expect out of the expansion draft, there were a lot of head scratching moves like Atlanta taking two keepers (though they did trade one back to his original club). Neither team really blew me away with their selections though.

How Minnesota and Atlanta did in the expansion draft | ESPNFC

The interesting line here is that Atlanta believes Loyd will be healthy enough to go, which was pretty much in contrast to what I’ve been told for a couple months now.

Expansion draft results for Atlanta | Dirty South Soccer

AU was busy more so after the draft. They traded away a couple of their picks in Clint Irwin (they got Mark Bloom and some money back), then traded Danny Toia to Orlando for their first round SuperDraft pick next month.

Atlanta close to signing Oscar Romero as third DP | Dirty South Soccer

That Atlanta attack is going to be pretty sick next season. Their defense is still a work in progress though but man I like this Romero pickup.

Snap reaction to who Minnesota picked | E Pluribus Loonum

I liked the Chris Duvall pick but they ended up trading him away to Montreal. Overall they took a lot of cheap, relatively safe picks.

Galaxy trade for Jermaine Jones | LAG Confidential

I think it may be safe to say that Jones wanted to be with the Galaxy all along here in MLS.

Curt Onalfo officially named Galaxy manager | LAG Confidential

On the same day as the Jones trade, the Galaxy made their managing move official.

Dempsey sends lovely message to Portland in Seattle’s victory party | Fox Soccer

Well he didn’t speak falsely here.