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Big D Daily: News for Friday, November 10, 2017

The final weekend of World Cup qualifying is here.

MLS: FC Dallas at Sporting KC Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

The weekend is here after another week in the offseason is in the books.

// FC Dallas //

Three FC Dallas players undergo offseason surgery - Big D Soccer
Michael Barrios and Victor Ulloa to be ready in time for the start of preseason.

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: Should FC Dallas push to retain Maxi Urruti? - Big D Soccer
The Argentine has been a solid addition but is he truly happy here anymore?

// MLS //

Ike Opara voted 2017 MLS defender of the year - The Blue Testament
Opara ran away with the top defender honors this year after he had a season of finally being healthy.

Ike Opara: MLS' top defender 'wants to be an example of persevering' | FourFourTwo
I always knew Opara could be a great defender in this league but injuries always got the best of him until this season.

New Montreal coach Remi Garde says Patrick Vieira helped sell him on MLS | MLSsoccer.com
More foreign managers are coming into the league here. Garde seems like a solid fit for Montreal on paper though.

Brad Friedel will only be as good as the support the Revs give him - The Bent Musket
Brad Friedel might be a good head coach, he might not be. What’s more important is the Revs giving their head coach the resources to be successful in MLS.

Did the Red Bulls provide MLS with the blueprint for derailing Toronto? | FourFourTwo
Again I will say, the playoffs are such a crap shoot.

Former Chicago Fire teammates Chris Rolfe Justin Mapp both retire - ESPN FC
Two long time veterans of MLS are hanging their boots up for good.

Summer signings played massive role in Sounders’ turnaround, again - Sounder At Heart
Seattle continues to do good work at the summer transfer window.

Pros and cons of MLS playoff format highlighted in West semifinals - ESPN FC
While the league waits for the conference finals to resume, here is another argument about how the structure of the playoffs need a reboot.

Austin is made not so subtle pitch about securing MLS team | Soccer America
Some details of how Precourt worked his way into moving the Crew to Columbus are starting to emerge.