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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Columbus wins big at home to wrap up the first legs of the conference semifinals.

MLS: Eastern Conference Semifinal-New York City at Columbus Crew Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

The conference semifinals are half way done after last night’s game in Columbus.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas has a lot of roster issues to sort out as offseason begins - Big D Soccer
Who stays, and who goes will be the big question on everyone’s mind. We begin to take a crack at it all.

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: Should FC Dallas retain Roland Lamah - Big D Soccer
Lamah was an expensive player to have but is he worth retaining for another season?

Five Storylines to Watch in FC Dallas' 2017 Offseason | FC Dallas
We're seeing a few key names show up this week in training but the offseason will certainly be one worth grabbing the popcorn for.

Ryan Hollingshead's Humanitarian of the Year Nomination a Byproduct of his Selfless Outlook on Life | FC Dallas
Hollingshead should easily win the Humanitarian award this year for his selfless act back in the winter.

// MLS //

Columbus Crew SC know the work is not done after leg one - Massive Report
The Black & Gold still have much more work to do to reach the Eastern Conference Finals but their fans got a great showing that may get them into another round.

Stejskal: Columbus Crew SC players deliver when fans need them most |
A big result for the Crew as they get four goals in the first leg. They may have given up that road goal but the three goal advantage going into NYC should be good enough.

Crew move to Austin prompts San Antonio to send MLS threatening letter -
A judge wants clarification on the MLS expansion process after citing potential conflicts of interest. This story about Columbus moving to Austin continues to get more interesting by the minute.

Boehm: Crew SC prove the East's supremacy is real, and that matters |
The East has been down for a few years until 2017. Now they're the cream of the crop again.

Pitch battle: Why suboptimal surfaces are such a persistent MLS bugaboo | FourFourTwo
For many observers, that sloppy field in Houston represented much more than just wear and tear and too many divots.

Bring back divisions: These changes would solve MLS' playoff and scheduling problems | FourFourTwo
I've been advocating that when MLS hits 28 teams that division within each conference makes sense for travel, scheduling and playoffs.

Could Amazon’s Search For A New HQ Bring The Fire Back Into The City? - Hot Time In Old Town
This would be an interesting development to say the least for the Fire. And Chicago for that matter.

The 7 NASL stars who need to be on Major League Soccer’s radar | FourFourTwo
Much of the attention on the NASL remains off the field but it does have a few players that could deserve a look at the next level.