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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, October 25, 2017

And just like that the playoffs are here!

MLS: MLS Cup Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It is crazy to think that we’re already into the playoffs just a couple days removed from Decision Day.

// FC Dallas //

What we Learned vs LA: Putting 2017 behind the club - Big D Soccer
After watching Roland Lamah in the finale, you have to wonder what this season will go down as in the future.

Post Game Thoughts: Too little too late for FC Dallas - Big D Soccer
Now that the season is over, it is time to figure out the mourning that needs to take place with this team.

// MLS //

Larson: Top reason why your club will or won't win MLS Cup 2017 | MLSsoccer.com
Each team in the post season has flaws, and each as a potential way of getting to and winning a MLS Cup. My money is still on Toronto and SKC to get there.

Killing the buzz: Why MLS’ playoffs need some breathing room | FourFourTwo
I totally agree with our friend Steve Davis on this one, the playoffs shouldn't start midweek, just days after Decision Day.

The 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs: schedule, explainer and FAQ - Dirty South Soccer
Folks in Atlanta are pretty pumped about being in the playoffs and hosting a game this week.

In chance to change everything, nothing changes for Sporting Kansas City - The Blue Testament
I know SKC hasn't looked great in recent weeks but I still think they have the makings of a team that is built for the playoffs.

AJ DeLaGarza to miss playoffs with torn ACL - Dynamo Theory
This is a pretty big blow to the Dynamo back line going into the playoffs.

Sporting KC lose Melia for knockout round of MLS playoffs | Goal.com
Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia will miss out on the elimination game in Houston with a hamstring strain though he may be available if the team advances.

Playoffs could cement Atlanta’s place as MLS’ new expansion benchmark | FourFourTwo
Everyone will point and ask where their title is to compare them to the old Chicago Fire but I do agree that they've earned a new standard for expansion teams.

Pick a side: Should MLS implement a single-elimination playoff format? | FourFourTwo
As much as I want to see this go to a single elimination style tournament, I fear that MLS would screw the thing up by adding more teams to the mix.

D.C. United’s Bill Hamid signs with FC Midtjylland - Black And Red United
The deal became official this morning as Hamid is leaving for Denmark.

LA Galaxy relieve Pete Vagenas of GM duties, hand keys to Sigi Schmid | MLSsoccer.com
Given the track record of what Sigi has done in the past in this kind of position, I wonder if it is really the right move for the Galaxy these days.

Where does latest ECS tifo rank all time? - Sounder At Heart
Seeing the tifo history for Seattle is pretty impressive but I do think this past Sunday's takes the cake in my book as an all-time great.

Columbus mayor plans 'in-person' meetings with Garber and Precourt over Crew's future - ESPN FC
Columbus mayor Andrew J. Ginther is planning in-person meetings with Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber and Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt. This can only go so well.

Austin would welcome a relocated MLS team, but would the city support it? - ESPN FC
I do think Austin can work but once again it really comes down to where the stadium is located. If it isn't close to the downtown center of the city, don't bank on this being a successful thing.