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Big D Daily: News for January 2, 2017

A new year and it is time to get back to work.

The ball has dropped on a new year and we’ve now flipped the page on the calendar into 2017.

// FC Dallas //

Five things to look forward to in 2017 | Big D Soccer

We posted this one right before the New Year’s weekend as we previewed a couple of things that are in store for the club this season.

Lessons we learned from 2016 | Big D Soccer

One of our writers took down some notes that he learned from the past year and shared them in this space.

// MLS //

BMO Field gets ready for NHL game | MLSSoccer.com

The Winter Classic is going back to Toronto this year as BMO Field gets to host the big game. Hockey looks to fit in well there.

Bold Atlanta United predictions for 2017 | Dirty South Soccer

I love how the calendar goes from top this or that of the year to bold predictions for the new year. Also, I don’t see how this Atlanta defense will out perform that attack. I love me some Zach Loyd like the rest of us here but I don’t think he’ll last a full season with his injury history.

New challenges for the Timbers in 2017 | Stumptown Footy

They had a pretty disappointing 2016 after the way things went in 2015 when they won it all. So just getting back into the playoffs would be a good first step for that group.

Torres to return to Houston after loan | ESPNFC

Erick Torres has been massively disappointing since the folding of Chivas USA (never thought those words would be typed together like that). Houston has made a slew of moves this offseason that seem to have him pushed out of the picture again.

Crew to sign Ghanian defender | Massive Report

I’m not sure if this is the one that their owner was hyping up or not but a World Cup defender from Africa in MLS sounds like a good move to me.