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Big D Daily: News for Monday, December 5, 2016

MLS Cup weeks is finally here.

The holidays are in full swing and MLS Cup is almost here.

// FC Dallas //

Anibal Chala could be on his way to Dallas? | Big D Soccer

The rumor mill is starting to also get in full swing here in time for the January transfer window. The first rumor of sorts for FCD is about a full back. Which we certainly could use.

The MLS Playoff format is failing us | Big D Soccer

While the timing wasn’t perfect in this post, it certainly had a ton of valid points to go over. And no, this isn’t us complaining about how FCD got screwed or anything in the post season.

// MLS //

Key matchups for MLS Cup | ESPNFC

The big game may be a few days away but here are some early storylines for it.

Leslie Jones dons Seattle jersey at the end of SNL | Sounder at Heart

Well, she is more of a Lodeiro kind of girl than a Giovino one.

Doyle: MLS expansion draft targets | MLSSoccer.com

I have a gut feeling FCD could end up going through this draft without anyone picked from their squad. I also have a gut feeling that both Atlanta and Minnesota are going to come away with at least two decent guys through this process.

Center backs are controlling MLS these days | MLSSoccer.com

Indeed they are, and two of the best this year were in Dallas too.

Atlanta teases huge #10 signing news | Dirty South Soccer

The way Atlanta is signing players ahead of their inaugural season has been impressive to say the very least. First U-20 forward Brandon Vazquez, now Miguel Almirón as their prime #10. Not bad Atlanta. Not bad.

Cincinnati passed Garber’s test with flying colors | MLSSoccer.com

It didn’t get reported a ton last week due to a playoff game being played the next day but Don Garber’s visit to Cincy went very well from what I was told.

SC STL is the only contender for MLS in St. Louis | St. Louis Dispatch

Recently some talk about another group have emerged out of the Gateway City for MLS but the league has reassured that only one ownership group is really in the running.

// NASL //

Complications, uncertainty for NASL and Cosmos future | SI.com

A whole lotta reading in this one that came down over the weekend. Lets just say that nothing has really improved these last few days and things are only getting worse for the NASL.