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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Two MLS sides crash out of the CCL.

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

MLS will have to continue to wait a little longer in the CCL as two teams crashed out last night.

// FC Dallas //

FCD looks to be unbeaten at home in 2016 |

The home record was pretty solid last year outside of the playoff loss and that ridiculous loss to the Rapids early in the year. This year may really hinge on the team being unbeaten at Toyota Stadium.

Castillo has his sights set on a MLS Cup and a European future | SBI Soccer

I may be one of the few that think a lot of this season may rest on Fabian Castillo's shoulders, more so than Mauro Diaz's.

FC Dallas season preview | SBI Soccer

Pretty solid outlook on the team but that projected lineup with Kellyn Acosta at left back is rather odd.

// MLS //

DC and LA crash out of CCL |

DCU didn't look as bad as LA last night but neither were able to do much in their second leg games. LA in fact were completely blown out by Santos Laguna.

DCU ties Queretano but crashes out of CCL | Black and Red United

A 1-1 tie certainly wasn't going to cut it when DCU was down 2-0 on aggregate heading into this game. To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure DCU has enough talent to be a big contender again this season in the Eastern Conference.

Stars don't show up for LA in 4-0 blow out | LAG Confidential

Bruce Arena even stated after the game that none of his stars showed up, which may be saying something. Their rebuild has a long way to go here.

Beware of generalizations following CCL |

Some will say there will be lessons to learn following MLS's crash out of the CCL but it may not be about that according to this post.

Report: Perry Kitchen to sign with Scottish club | Black and Red United

Back to DCU for a moment, seeing that their midfield lacked a bite without Kitchen shows how badly they probably needed to fork over the money to keep him. But it is hard to keep a young guy with dreams of Europe.

One question for each team heading into 2016 |

Naturally the FCD question is about youth. Sometimes I do wish people asked other things about this team.

2016 MLS predictions |

Let's just say the ESPN folks are feeling pretty good about FCD's chances this year.