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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Four more shopping days until Christmas.

The last little bit of the wacky MLS offseason is near with tomorrow’s Re-Entry Draft stage two.

// FC Dallas //

FCD loses out on another academy product | Big D Soccer

It is always a bummer to see a quality player go from the club but the academy ones sting a little bit more I would think.

Where in the world is Kenny Cooper? | Big D Soccer

Okay, so we had a little fun yesterday asking about Cooper. I don’t think we were really advocating his actual return here full time but its always fun to play around with things like this during the offseason.

Pareja completes inaugural Pro Licence Course |

Papi was one of several MLS coaches to complete this training in 2016.

// MLS //

Fire make splash on DP signing | Hot Time In Old Town

A reported $3 million signing on Hungarian international striker Nemanja Nikolic. Chicago has been a place where DPs have gone to rot lately so it will be interesting to see if Nikolic can break that trend.

Dynamo land Honduran forward Alberth Elis on loan | Dynamo Theory

Another DP was signed yesterday in the league down in Houston as the Dynamo got a pretty good young DP prospect from Monterey on loan.

Gaston Sauro’s injury leaves Crew in a budget bind | Massive Report

Sauro will miss all of 2017 to injury but the Crew have a bigger problem than just replacing him.

Orlando close to adding a French defender | The Mane Land

Orlando is looking to beef up their defense by going with an experienced center back from Europe.

Jose Ortiz completes move to DCU | Black and Red United

Another Costa Rican player added to the league. I feel like MLS teams have basically taken all the quality Costa Rican players that they can get their hands on this winter.

Antonie Griezmann dreams of playing for Beckham’s MLS club |

The Frenchman wants to be in MLS someday but only for David Beckham’s club? Oh boy.

New MLS price tag doesn’t bother North Carolina FC | Triangle Business Journal

It looks as though NCFC’s ownership is pretty set on getting their expansion application in by the end of January.

Ingram confirmed as Nashville’s lead investor | ESPNFC

So John Ingram isn’t a big house hold name but from the quick Google search, he has a lot of money to spend.