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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Only a few more shopping days left.

Christmas is nearly here as we’re entering the home stretch on the holidays.

// FC Dallas //

Two Dallas venues to host Gold Cup games in 2017 | Big D Soccer

A pair of group stage games and then the semifinals. Not a bad deal for those who want to see some international soccer next summer.

Suits and clubs get overhaul at Toyota Stadium | FCDallas.com

Speaking of Toyota Stadium, the club suits in the stadium are getting a big time facelift this winter. This goes along with the sound and video improvements that are underway at the moment.

// MLS //

Champions League changes could keep MLS teams out until 2018 | Sounder at Heart

While this is pretty pro-Sounder in the copy, it does beg the question as to whether or not we’ll see FCD in the group stage next summer due to these changes.

New bill could help Nashville get a MLS team | The Tennessean

I’ve always said that getting a MLS team required a lot of support from local and state government. If this comes in, you gotta move Nashville near the top of the list.

St. Louis’ stadium plan getting heavy criticism | ESPNFC

Welfare for the millionaires? Yikes. That isn’t good to hear.

Minnesota looking to grab rights to Miguel Ibarra | FiftyFive.One

Thanks to the weird discovery rights thing in MLS, the Loons will have to sort out a deal with Portland first to get their old star back in town.

Nobody cares about billboards: NY Red Bull marketing | Once a Metro

This is a very interesting look at why teams in the league are not wasting their efforts as much in traditional marketing.

DCU re-sign Franklin to a new deal | Black and Red United

Well, there goes one off the free agent list.

Five players that should test themselves by going to Europe | FourFourTwo

Yes, there is one young FCD player on this list. It really shouldn’t be a surprise either but I do think at some point it will happen. And truthfully, there isn’t anything wrong with all five on this list going to Europe at some point.