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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, December 7, 2016

MLS Cup is only a couple days away.

The weather is a little cooler outside here in Dallas as we inch closer to MLS Cup.

// FC Dallas //

Matt Hedges given a new four-year contract | Big D Soccer

It has been a heck of a year really for Hedges when you look at all that he has accomplished. Now we get to see him stick around for four more years.

Hedges discusses his new contract |

Matt is typically pretty straight forward when he talks to the press but you can tell he is pretty jazzed about his new deal.

Building for 2017: A look at the FCD midfield | Big D Soccer

Our third installment of the roster building series came out last night as we dove into the midfield portion of the roster. Lots of depth questions and still plenty of money to go around.

Clavijo: We’re going to keep getting better |

FCD’s website is doing a little offseason series of their own with Fernando Clavijo. The man is likely super busy at the moment with new contracts being given out and the all important transfer window set to open in a couple weeks.

// MLS //

Villa earns MVP award in tight race | Hudson River Blue

It really came down to the player and team votes in this one. David Villa, Bradley Wright-Phillips and Sebastian Giovinco were all tied on the media vote. But it was Villa who picked up more player and team votes to win the award.

Villa an MVP on and off the field |

I’ve always been impressed with how well Villa has been for the club and the league off the field. The league needs more big name DPs like him if you ask me.

From Drafts to DPs, how Toronto and Seattle built their rosters |

Both teams are definitely built a bit differently but each have taken all the ways you can add players and have maximized them pretty well this year.

Four Toronto-Seattle connections you know, Five you don’t | Sounder at Heart

It is interesting how players swap teams in this league and it comes down to a game like this that has a lot of familiarity between the clubs.

Atlanta showing their ambitions with recent signings | SBNation

They’ve been impressive in nearly every category thus far in their lead up to their first season. But I feel like we’ve said this in the past about other expansion teams looking impressive before day one.

Looking at the patterns with Jermaine Jones | Burgundy Wave

Both New England and Colorado fans know how Jones operates all too well at this point.

Diskerud and NYCFC looking to part ways | ESPNFC

If he hadn’t looked so bad in NYC over the last two seasons, I would be interested.

Tampa Bay and Carolina reveal MLS expansion plans | ESPNFC

In the same day we see two former NASL sides (well at least one for sure at this point) open up about their intentions on getting into MLS. That Tampa plan excites me a lot though, especially with that waterfront stadium.