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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, October 26, 2017

The playoffs got off to a big start last night.

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

The playoffs got off to a hot start on Wednesday night with NINE goals total between the two games.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas’ season was marred by “What Ifs” - Big D Soccer
So many points dropped on poor play this season. Looking back on all of this really makes you think.

How FC Dallas' 2017 Campaign Unraveled Over the Second Half of the Season | FC Dallas
We were always waiting for this team to really show up before the summer hit and then they did...it just wasn't how we expected them to be.

// MLS //

Red Bulls Run Wild In Chicago - Once A Metro
New York was able to rest some key guys on Decision Day and it paid off in a really big way last night.

A Season of Dibs and Surly Insularity: Chicago Fire 0, New York Red Bulls 4, MLS playoff recap - Hot Time In Old Town
Chicago was exposed up and down the field, which tells me they still have a long way to go here before they're really a contender in the East.

Stejskal: Cruel end to 2017 shows Fire need to take a few more steps | MLSsoccer.com
Chicago didn't just get hammered by NY last night, they got embarrassed.

Vancouver Whitecaps Finally Get First Playoff Victory with 5-0 Victory over San Jose Earthquakes - Eighty Six Forever
If you are going to pick up your club's first win the playoffs, ever, this is the way to do it. Also, San Jose had no business being in this game.

Boehm: MLS's West is Cascadia’s world; the rest of us are just stuck in it | MLSsoccer.com
We know we'll see at least one Cascadia matchup in the conference semifinals now, but we could see another in the conference finals. Yay.

View from Couch: Knockout Round makes for Must-Watch MLS | MLSsoccer.com
Given all the goals last night, I wouldn't expect a repeat in Atlanta or Houston.

New York and Vancouver march on as Chicago San Jose wilt in playoff spotlight - ESPN FC
Neither team looked like they belonged.

MLS playoffs: Schweinsteiger's first year in MLS is over, and it should probably be his last | Goal.com
German star Bastian Schweinsteiger made plenty of headlines in his first year with the Chicago Fire, but both he and the Fire should quit while they're ahead.

Why consistency is the final piece missing from the Dynamo’s swift overhaul | FourFourTwo
Houston returned to success sooner than expected. But they still lack consistency to be a contender in my book.

Why Toronto FC’s 2017 brilliance is destined to be overshadowed, no matter what | FourFourTwo
No matter what the playoffs hold, Toronto's regular season is worth remembering.

US Soccer Federation presidency candidates Sunil Gulati Steve Gans Eric Wynalda lead fluid field - ESPN FC
Gulati, Wynalda, Gans, Donovan, Cordeiro and Lapointe -- who are the potential candidates to take the USSF's top job?

Columbus losing Crew SC sucks (for everyone) - SBNation.com
It can happen anywhere. Relocation of a professional team just sucks.