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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, November 2, 2017

The second legs of the playoffs get back in action tonight.

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

The march to the conference finals begins tonight in Seattle.

// FC Dallas //

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: What to do about Tesho Akindele? - Big D Soccer
The former Rookie of the Year has always been an interesting fit for this club. What do you think FCD should do with Tesho?

ACADEMY: Santiago Morales Follows His Father's Footsteps | FC Dallas
Really cool seeing Javier Morales go all in with his family during his time here in Dallas.

// MLS //

Columbus playoff triumph foreshadows an awkward 2018 | FourFourTwo
Yeah next year could be super weird for everyone involved in Columbus.

First leg follies: How the MLS playoff format has empowered weaker teams | FourFourTwo
The structure of the MLS playoffs has turned the title race into a crapshoot. The system isn't working as it's supposed to.

How good is Patrick Vieira, NYCFC coach? Depends on how you value playoffs | FourFourTwo
His regular seasons have been two steps forward, but NYCFC's boss is facing a step back in two straight postseasons.

MLS Playoffs: Columbus Crew fans use East semifinal to send message to ownership |
The sad reality still is that this Columbus side could win a MLS Cup this year and still get relocated.

Tyler Deric suspended after arrest for misdemeanor domestic assault - Dynamo Theory
Well that isn't good for the Dynamo's playoff chances but in all seriousness, can we get people to not do stupid stuff? Come on man.

Philadephia Union trim roster to 20 - Brotherly Game
There are a couple names that would be interesting from this list but overall, I wouldn't spend too much time dwelling on who FCD could pick up from the Union.

Jim Curtin will return as head coach in 2018 - Brotherly Game
Philadelphia Union Sporting Director Earnie Stewart "very pleased" with Curtin’s progress despite the lack of playoff appearances.

S2 officially moving to Tacoma for 2018 season - Sounder At Heart
The worst kept secret in Seattle is finally happening. I like this move for the MLS-USL teams to do things like this.

// NASL //

NASL court hearing lifts lid on league, SUM, U.S. Soccer details |
NASL will find out Friday whether it will be granted the injunction necessary to retain its Division 2 sanctioning in U.S. Soccer, and it made its case in a revealing court hearing on Tuesday.

Federal judge to decide NASL's Division II fate by end of week - ESPN FC
And here is more info on the NASL court case.