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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Playoff soccer is back on tonight. Who ya got?

MLS: Columbus Crew SC at Toronto FC Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The holiday week rolls into a busy Tuesday that sees the conference finals kickoff in MLS.

// FC Dallas //

2017 Big D Soccer Awards - Big D Soccer
Time to really put this year in the rearview mirror as we hand out our final awards on the year.

OFFSEASON: Players Accomplishments during the Off-Season | FC Dallas
Players wrapped up their final days of training last week as they looked to stay healthy going into 2018.

ONE ON ONE: Fernando Clavijo's Assessment of 2017 | FC Dallas
His assessment isn't far off from many of our own.

// MLS //

Armchair Analyst: For Houston, the goal is to make Seattle CBs move | MLSsoccer.com
It will be all about going wide and forcing the Seattle CBs out of their comfort zones. I just don't know if Houston can manage against a team that will go for a 0-0 draw.

Baer: Three things the Houston Dynamo needs to do to beat Seattle | MLSsoccer.com
And here are more keys for the Dynamo tonight.

Stejskal: Head-to-head with The General, Wil Trapp gets his chance to shine | MLSsoccer.com
Columbus will need to come out quick like they did in the conference semifinals to have a shot in this one.

Think of Columbus Crew SC as underdogs at your own risk - Massive Report
They may not want to be the underdog in this fight but it serves them better to be it.

Columbus Foundation CEO floats stadium idea - Massive Report
Everyone outside of Precourt's inner group is lobbying new ideas left and right to stay in Ohio.

The End of an Era of Mutual Growth - Stumptown Footy
As good as Porter's era was in Portland, I was surprised to see his record was only 68-50-52...that feels rather bland.

Stejskal: Former NY Red Bulls exec Ali Curtis eyeing MLS return | MLSsoccer.com
As much as I like Fernando Clavijo, I would be really intrigued by Curtis coming to Dallas one day.

Kenwyne Jones, Tyrone Mears have options declined by Atlanta United - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta made roster moves but don't get too excited about Jones being available, word has it he is retiring.

For the love of MLS, please start allowing teams to sell players within the league | FourFourTwo
Teams can send money out of the league to bring in new talent. Why can't they keep money in MLS to find star players new homes?

NO SETTLEMENT: NASL, USSF agreement unravels - Front Row Soccer
Apparently, they tried the old 'out of court settlement' and that didn't work.