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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Only a few more days until the regular season finale.

MLS: FC Dallas at Seattle Sounders FC Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

The last day or so have been pretty wild in MLS, but that some times feels par for the course.

// FC Dallas //

What a potential Austin MLS team means for FC Dallas - Big D Soccer
While it is a slap in the face to most, if not every, MLS fan. An Austin based MLS team would be interesting.

ACADEMY: U-16 Defender Julian Hinojosa and Forward Gibran Rayo called in to Mexico U-16 Camp in Mexico City | FC Dallas
It was really only a matter of time before some academy kids got calls from other countries here. Good to see this happening.

// MLS //

Crew SC exploring new Columbus stadium or potential move to Austin |
And unfortunately for Columbus fans, the league is even backing this potential move to Austin.

Anthony Precourt’s full conference call on potential Crew SC relocation - Massive Report
Precourt talked Tuesday on potential move to Austin in vagueries and business lingo. Either way, it was not pretty for the Crew faithful.

If Anthony Precourt Takes Columbus Crew SC to Austin, Who is Next? - The Mane Land
Relocation hasn't happened a ton in MLS but this could be the spark that could move a couple teams if we're not careful.

Columbus to Austin is a breach of MLS faith - Hudson River Blue
Furthermore, it really does kill the fanbase that has been established for over 20 years now.

Columbus MLS relocation could have expansion ripple effect |
Columbus's potential move to Austin could have ripple effects in the MLS expansion landscape as you could easily kiss San Antonio's chances good-bye.

Columbus fighting an uphill battle with Austin to retain Crew in MLS - ESPN FC
The race to woo Crew SC looks to be employing a staggered start, and it isn't one in favor of Columbus.

Why Precourt's threat of Austin relocation burns all bridges with Columbus | FourFourTwo
Crew SC's owner says he's just looking into his options, but he seems to have already made up his mind. Which is never a good thing when you want to retain fans.

Playoffs present the final chance for the Houston Dynamo to end their road misery - ESPN FC
The Houston Dynamo clinched their first playoff berth since 2013, but their postseason stay won't last long unless they fix their road woes quickly.

Real Salt Lake's turnaround under Petke is no surprise, but will it last? - ESPN FC
Mike Petke turned Real Salt Lake from a cellar dweller to a playoff contender. But how long can it work with the way things are going?

Claudio Reyna on U.S. soccer: We're far too arrogant, far too obnoxious |
The former USMNT captain sounded off on what he sees as serious problems with American soccer in the wake of the recent World Cup qualifying disaster.

Reminder: MLS is a business, not a USMNT feeder system | FourFourTwo
MLS and U.S. Soccer are close, but don't transpose the federation's shortcomings onto the domestic league.