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Big D Daily: News for Monday, November 20, 2017

Playoff soccer resumes this week!

MLS: Houston Dynamo at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The new week is here as we get back into some playoff soccer (finally) to help wrap up this season.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas has a USL problem - Big D Soccer
No full fledge USL team and a half-used partnership is not working for FC Dallas. Sadly, it just isn't getting any better, anytime soon.

// MLS //

Sounders at Houston Dynamo: Six Questions - Sounder At Heart
Seattle and Houston blogs team to up to ask a lot of questions about the conference finals.

What has not worked for Columbus Crew SC against Toronto FC in 2017 - Massive Report
Columbus and Toronto have an interesting history against one another in 2017.

Toronto FC: How should the Reds play without Giovinco and Altidore? - Waking The Red
I'd say sit more back and look to counter.

Making sense of Caleb Porter's departure from the Portland Timbers - ESPN FC
Caleb Porter's decision to leave the Portland Timbers mystifies on a host of levels; he's leaving one of the best jobs in MLS. So why do it?

Armchair Analyst: Caleb Porter's Portland tenure comes to a close | MLSsoccer.com
Portland is still a team that can be very good but where they go next will be fascinating to watch.

Media roundup: Five candidates generating buzz for the Portland job | MLSsoccer.com
There are some interesting names being mentioned here.

New York City FC and the Designated Player - Hudson River Blue
City has had a "colorful" history when it comes to their Designated Player signings. One has worked for sure, others have not.

Who's getting shipped out? 3 contenders for big MLS offseason trades | FourFourTwo
New England could make this offseason real interesting if some trades to go down.

Mayor helps Cincinnati's plan for new MLS stadium after county says no - ESPN FC
FC Cincinnati's quest to build a new stadium gained hope under a proposal from the mayor on Friday after county commissioners nearly derailed a plan.