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Big D Daily: News for Friday, October 27, 2017

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More Knockout Round madness.

MLS: Eastern Conference Knockout Round-Columbus Crew at Atlanta United FC Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The conference semifinals are now set in the MLS Cup Playoffs after two overtime games on Thursday night.

// FC Dallas //

Quick Burns: What is your one big takeaway from the 2017 season? - Big D Soccer
With so many ups and downs in 2017, there are plenty of questions to be asked of this group.

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Columbus Crew outlast Atlanta in penalties - Massive Report
Zack Steffen was a monster last night in goal for the Crew. Two big penalty saves in the shootout to hush the massive crowd.

Atlanta United 0-0 Columbus Crew SC: Atlanta lose heartbreaker in penalties in MLS Cup Playoffs - Dirty South Soccer
United’s inaugural season comes to a rough end for the faithful there as their offense dried up against the Crew.

Houston Dynamo vs Sporting Kansas City, MLS Cup Playoffs: Dynamo beat Sporting in extra time, advance in playoffs - Dynamo Theory
Dynamo win 1-0 over Sporting to advance to Western Conference Semifinals. So I guess that is happening.

Sporting Kansas City falls 1-0 to Houston Dynamo in MLS Playoffs - The Blue Testament
For the fourth straight year, Sporting Kansas City exit early from the playoffs.

Time to rebuild? Changes in view after Sporting KC's latest playoff failure | FourFourTwo
Sporting's annual fall swoon culminated in Houston, with the former champs bowing out in MLS' knockout round.

Match made in paradise: Portland's love for Diego Valeri goes far beyond the field | FourFourTwo
The Argentine star's impact on the Rose City transcends standings and scoresheets, impacting lives at Portland's grassroots.

Garber insists no decision made in Crew's potential move to Austin |
MLS commissioner Don Garber has insisted no decisions have been made in the Columbus Crew's potential move to Austin. Does anyone believe him?

Columbus Crew SC, RFK Stadium, and what MLS loses by growing up -
It’s a strange time for American soccer.