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Big D Daily: News for Monday, November 12, 2017

Let’s talk Expansion teams and then some.

MLS: FC Dallas at Colorado Rapids Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

It is time for a new week as we dive further into the offseason.

// FC Dallas //

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: Is Ryan Hollingshead worth saving? - Big D Soccer
The Humanitarian of the Year deserves another season with FCD right?

FC Dallas president Dan Hunt: Pay-to-play is not an issue |
This adds some interesting heat to the pay-to-play debate.

// MLS //

Best of MLS: Top 5 controversies of 2017 |
As you might expect, the Barrios sub-gate made this list.

As MLS continues expanding, could a form of pro/rel become necessary? - ESPN FC
Major League Soccer keeps growing. With 22 teams swelling to 28 in the near future, will the league soon need to adopt a form of promotion/relegation? Lord help us all.

Assessing MLS' expansion candidates: The frontrunners and favorites - ESPN FC
Sacramento has seemed like a lock for ages. But next month's decision with them comes down to Cincy and Nashville. Both will get in at some point but it is a matter of which one first.

Assessing MLS expansion candidates: Cities in the hunt and the long shots - ESPN FC
I think it is safe to say that a lot of these cities are becoming long shots. But I will say, don't sleep on Phoenix right now.

David Beckham's Miami MLS franchise now a matter of months from green light |
David Beckham has been told he can expect to see his Miami franchise approved by Major League Soccer “in the coming months”. I feel like we've heard that before though.

The curious case of the Aztex: How floodwaters and MLS ambitions overwhelmed an Austin soccer brand | FourFourTwo
Both USL and the Columbus Crew have set their gaze on Austin. But the strange story of pro soccer in Texas' capital city runs deeper still.

Need a coach? Some of America's best are stuck in the lower divisions | FourFourTwo
This year's USL and NASL championship finals feature three of the top coaches in D2. So when will they get a shot in MLS?

Columbus Crew might move because 'business is struggling.' Financial records suggest otherwise -
The biggest thing wrong with the Columbus Crew is ownership. But we all knew that already.

Are the LA Galaxy interested in Miguel Ibarra? - LAG Confidential
There are some interesting teams listed on this rumor. It will be interesting to see what Minnesota does this offseason with guys like Ibarra.

Tyler Adams, C.J. Sapong headline MLS Underpaid XI |
Nice to see some love thrown to Michael Barrios on this list.