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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Steel work is finally happening at Toyota Stadium’s HOF section.

MLS: Seattle Sounders FC at FC Dallas Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The week rolls into a Tuesday as we continue our offseason look with FC Dallas. Up first is our morning links.

// FC Dallas //

Scratching the Chalkboard: #BringLeeHome - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas needs some new blood in the midfield and we think a hometown guy in Nguyen would be the best fit.

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: Is the Javi Mo experiment worth another shot? - Big D Soccer
The Veteran didn’t back-up Mauro as well as we’d hoped in 2017.

FC Dallas' Youngest Players Seizing Opportunity to Get Ahead on 2018 in Offseason Training | FC Dallas
One of the storylines we discussed recently this offseason was the younger guys getting minutes. These couple weeks of training is all about getting them more involved.

HOF: Steel Installation Begins for National Soccer Hall of Fame at Toyota Stadium | FC Dallas
Man, finally this thing is getting built.

// MLS //

Boehm: Give thanks as Dynamo, Crew SC keep MLS Cup Playoffs weird |
These playoffs are just weird in general.

Who would you like to see host MLS Cup? It's down to two cities |
Given how poor the west was this season, it shouldn't be a shocker that the MLS Cup host city will come down to the two teams in the east.

Andrea Pirlo retires: Why his image did a disservice to his legacy -
Pirlo retired from soccer unceremoniously, but should be remembered for his years of great play, not his failure to live up to the mystique surrounding him.

Who is Juan Agudelo? - The Bent Musket
His enormous promise will only be fulfilled if he is made the every-game center forward.

Don’t buy Stewart’s claims that the Union improved - Brotherly Game
Earnie Stewart thinks the Philadelphia Union improved this past season. He's wrong.

Who's to blame for the Kljestan-Altidore scuffle? - ESPN FC
It doesn't really matter who is to blame in the end, the playoffs are a heated time.

What if? Shocked Timbers left wondering what could have been without playoff misfortune | FourFourTwo
Portland found consistency in 2017, but a bizarre string of injuries prevented a return to MLS Cup. Can the Timbers be better in 2018? It is possible but they really have to sort that defense out first.

Clint Dempsey, Sounders working on contract extension - Sounder At Heart
At the very least, reports suggest Dempsey is not seriously considering retirement.

Keep the profit: Proposed transfer-fee changes give MLS teams incentive to sell | FourFourTwo
MLS takes too big a slice of most out-of-league transfers. That's about to change for the better. Which may work out very nicely for FC Dallas.