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Big D Daily: News for Monday, October 30, 2017

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The Cascadia West got off to an interesting start last night.

MLS: Western Conference Semifinal-Seattle Sounders at Vancouver Whitecaps Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The conference semifinals got underway last night in Vancouver with a rather dud of a game.

// FC Dallas //

2017 MLS Cup Playoff guide for FC Dallas fans - Big D Soccer
Who to root for in the West is a bit of a headache for all of us here in Dallas.

FC Dallas 2017 postmortem - Big D Soccer
Taking a quick look back at what happened this season as we begin to nail down the 2017 season.

Comparing Season Ticket Prices Across MLS - Big D Soccer
There are a lot of good deals on tickets in MLS, and a lot of bad ones too.

20 YEARS LATER: Looking Back on the 1997 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Title | FC Dallas
Let us all be thankful that FCD finally ended the long drought last year in the USOC. I couldn't imagine being at 20 years without another title.

// MLS //

Whitecaps vs. Sounders, recap: Scoreless tie sets up exciting second leg - Sounder At Heart
The attack for both sides last night was a bit pedestrian but it should lead to a better second leg later this week in Seattle.

Vancouver/Seattle Western Conference Semi-finals: the report card. - Eighty Six Forever
The Caps looked great against San Jose earlier in the playoffs but when they needed another big result, their attack dried up.

Boehm: Stalemate in Vancouver a question of strategy, not playoff format |
A 0-0 draw in the first leg of a series shouldn't be shocking to witness, especially against two rivals.

Seattle leaves Vancouver happy after tense Western Conference semifinal first leg - ESPN FC
Anytime you are the higher seed leaves the road leg without giving up a goal, you should feel good about where things are going.

Seven reasons the 2017 Portland Timbers are way different from the 2015 MLS Cup-winning side | FourFourTwo
I still think at some point their defense is going to leak in a goal or two at the worst possible moment.

New York Red Bulls need to be perfect to have chance vs Toronto FC - ESPN FC
If there is any team in the East that could surprise Toronto right now, I do think it could be this Red Bull squad.

Columbus Crew Zack Steffen aim to weather a potent NYCFC attack - ESPN FC
Columbus will be riding a wave of emotion when the conference semis start Monday. Can Zack Steffen and the Crew halt a deep, dynamic NYCFC squad?

Timbers respect Dynamo, but trying not to overthink semifinal matchup |
Coaches always try their best not to out kick their coverage in the playoffs, but I would put money on Porter overthinking things at some point in this post season.

Sources: Rapids closing in on New Zealand boss Anthony Hudson as new coach |
I guess this is thinking outside the box a bit for the Rapids.