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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Only a couple more days until the SuperDraft.

The MLS Combine is nearly up as teams finish their scouting for Friday’s SuperDraft.

// FC Dallas //

Update: Cristian Colman to sign with FC Dallas | Big D Soccer

FCD appears to be on the way to get another young DP in their mitts. The Paraguayan fits the mold of previous DPs that the club has been getting.

Gonzalez signs contract extension with FC Dallas | FCDallas.com

The main man of the FCD Academy is sticking around for another few years, which is great news to see. I’m sure loads of teams would love to get their hands on Luchi.

Tesho called into Canadian national team camp | FCDallas.com

Add another FCD player involved in international friendlies this month.

Diaz to remain out until at least June | FutbolMLS

This really isn’t that much news as we all kind of assumed Mauro Diaz would be out for the first few months of the season.

// MLS //

SuperDraft is a fine spectacle, even if of waning importance | FourFourTwo

There really is something fun about the whole draft experience. It is a rush of news coming out in one day.

Year as a pro proved to be valuable for Shome | MLSSoccer.com

One of the Canadian GAs got plenty of good experience under his belt in the NASL last year. Which still puzzles me how he can be drafted as a rookie this week. But yeah.

UCLA’s team was raided this offseason | 91st Minute

FCD was apart of this raid in some ways when they got HGP defender Reggie Cannon. UCLA has been one of the top college programs for some time, so this kind of thing tends to happen.

Timbers after Argentine Sebastian Blanco | Stumptown Footy

That is a pretty big offer for a winger but Portland is looking to get back to where they were in 2015 in a bad way.

Bill for a St. Louis stadium is now dead | St. Louis Dispatch

Well, the expansion race continues to evolve and get more and more interesting. As much as I think St. Louis is still a pretty safe bet for MLS to go to, this does open the door for a better bid to take their place.

// FIFA //

FIFA to expand World Cup to 48 teams | FIFA

This is still a bad, bad idea.

World Cup allocation slots due next month for 48 team tournament | ESPNFC

The battle begins for the expanded tournament. Basically we can kiss the Hex goodbye in CONCACAF qualifying.

US, Canada and Mexico in talks for a joint 2026 World Cup bid | ESPNFC

I can’t tell you how much I hate this idea.