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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The long offseason is officially underway.

MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Now that we’re firmly in the beginning stages of the offseason, the big question on most folks mind is: ‘where to begin?’

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Scratching the Chalkboard: Is Hollingshead key to 2018? - Big D Soccer
How badly did this team miss Hollingshead in 2017? Our chalkboard dives into it following the win over LA to end the season.

MONDAY MAILBAG: What Happened in the Second Half, Offseason Changes and the Upcoming Schedule | FC Dallas
There is still plenty of things to do here in the offseason now for FCD. After a couple weeks of training, we'll know a little more about who is in and who is out for 2018.

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Armchair Analyst: What you need to know about all 8 Knockout Round teams |
The last couple of years, the Knockout round has been pretty exciting to watch unfold.

Montreal Impact dismiss head coach, native son Mauro Biello |
That didn't take long for Montreal to make another coaching change.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium to host 2018 MLS All-Star Game - Dirty South Soccer
The 2018 ASG is coming to Atlanta next year. I would imagine after that we'll see one at LAFC's new digs, DCU's new digs and maybe Minnesota's new place.

Brian Schmetzer has passed his big test - Sounder At Heart
Many wondered if Schmetzer was the right guy even though he lead Seattle to a MLS Cup last year. It turns out that he did just fine.

Chivas couldn't compete with 'economic power of MLS' in Carlos Vela deal - ESPN FC
This is something new to hear. Liga MX champions Chivas were outbid by incoming MLS outfit Los Angeles FC for Carlos Vela, according to club CEO Jose Luis Higuera.

If GM of the Year was a thing, Nelson Rodriguez would run away with the honor | FourFourTwo
The vision of Chicago's decision-maker helped engineer 2017's most remarkable turnaround.

What now for Columbus? Learning from the Earthquakes' relocation (and return) | FourFourTwo
It is always good to look back at how the last relocation worked in MLS before deciding on another one. San Jose's move to Houston and then return was a special case.

10 reasons MLS' 2017 playoffs will be just as exciting as its regular season | FourFourTwo
MLS had a record setting year, which should translate well for the post season.

US Soccer president: Challengers, potential election candidates |
U.S. Soccer's presidential election will be contested for the first time in two decades, and after the USMNT's failure to qualify for the World Cup, there's an unusual amount of chaos in the run-up.

NASL contends SUM tried to terminate the New York Cosmos - ESPN FC
More nuggets in the NASL lawsuit are getting juicy and this one may take the cake as SUM tried to acquire the Cosmos last winter but failed in doing so.