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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The dates for the offseason have been revealed.

Portugal vs USA - International Friendly Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images

The long FIFA break continues here in November as the World Cup qualifiers come to a close.

// FC Dallas //

2017 Expansion Draft Watchlist: Who FC Dallas has to save this year - Big D Soccer
Yesterday we revealed our first pass at the expansion draft projection list. This will likely get more updates now that the official rules are out.

From Dallas to Schalke: Weston McKennie's rise to the USMNT | FourFourTwo
The FC Dallas product scored in his senior USMNT debut, and he has carved out his place with one of Germany's biggest clubs.

// MLS //

2017 MLS Offseason schedule information released - Big D Soccer
Mark your calendars folks, there is a lot to do this offseason.

Introducing MLS Offseason Crash Course: Advanced Roster Construction - Dirty South Soccer
This a pretty interesting series in the making for those curious about roster construction in this league.

FC Cincinnati secures shirt sponsorship contingent on joining MLS - ESPN FC
FC Cincinnati's bid to secure one of the two MLS expansion slots in December has received a boost as the club announced a deal with Mercy Health.

Atlanta United to launch USL team in Gwinnett County in 2018 - Dirty South Soccer
One day we'll understand why FC Dallas still hasn't gone all in on the USL reserve team. But congrats to Atlanta for embracing it.

// USMNT //

Armchair Analyst: A few takeaways from USMNT's 1-1 draw at Portugal |
The young roster for the US looked good in moments as this was a good sign of how things could be in the future for this team.

Youthful midfield trio shows US "what the future holds" in Portugal draw |
The duo of McKennie and Acosta made the US midfield look pretty solid.

Sources: U.S. Soccer, SUM and FOX in preliminary talks about tournament with World Cup outcasts |
Ah the NIT of soccer. It would be a pretty solid tournament when you consider some of the countries that didn't make the World Cup.

Why missing the World Cup could accelerate young USMNT players' moves to Europe | FourFourTwo
Russia 2018 could have left players cautious. Now, some stars of the men's national team's future may be willing to take an earlier plunge.

Youthful energy, goalkeeping gaffes, and C.J.'s strong shift: 3 things from a young USMNT's draw in Portugal | FourFourTwo
Aside from one bad keeper mistake, the US looked like the better side.

Feeling failure: How USMNT youngsters can put World Cup qualifying shame to use | FourFourTwo
It is all about picking yourself up and moving on.