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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, December 29, 2016

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Only a couple more sleeps until the new year.

I don’t know about you all but I am pretty much done with 2016.

// FC Dallas //

Chalkboard: How Javier Morales will fit in with FC Dallas | Big D Soccer

The thing I appreciate about this move is that Morales knows the league and how to cope with everything involved in it. Not to mention he’ll be a real asset in the locker room for these younger guys.

Top five goals of 2016 | FCDallas.com

We’ve been working on our own bracket of goals (which the final round will be out soon), but the club’s digital group put together their own short list of goals.

// MLS //

Five best regular season games of 2016 | MLSSoccer.com

No FCD games made the list but we’ll make sure to discuss our favorite ones on here before the year is out.

RSL and Landon Donovan in contact | RSL Soapbox

Wait, what?

Sounders linked with Honda | Sounder at Heart

I know several of you that will be disappointed not to see FCD linked with the Japanese striker.

Crew owner teases potential DP signing | Massive Report

Columbus has a lot of work to do in front of them to prepare for 2017 and a big splashy signing would be a good thing to do.

Blank already making waves in the soccer world | Dirty South Soccer

We’ve discussed several times on this space about how well Atlanta has done this offseason in preparation for their first season in MLS. Arthur Blank has really been a strong addition to the league’s group of owners.

Orlando officially signs Will Johnson | The Mane Land

Johnson links up for another round with Jason Kreis. More importantly, he’ll be the cog in the middle of the park that should help them out.

New renderings of LAFC’s stadium revealed | Angels on Parade

These are slightly updated from a previous round but it still looks pretty great to me.

MLS players are going to be big winners under Bruce Arena | ESPNFC

It should not come as a shock to see that Arena will favor MLS players that he knows over those overseas that he might not.

// NASL //

NASL hasn’t folded yet so now there are new expansion talks | Angels on Parade

Two in Southern California. Right. I’m all for this league not folding and moving to the D3 level but sometimes you wonder how delusional some folks with this league really are at this point.