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Big D Daily: News for Monday, December 11, 2017

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Toronto captures a treble as they finished off Seattle.

MLS: MLS CUP-Seattle Sounders vs Toronto FC Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The MLS offseason is officially here as MLS Cup is in the rearview mirror.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas trades Walker Zimmerman to LAFC - Big D Soccer
The half day trade window yielded a big gain for FCD.

Dissecting FC Dallas' 2018 Expansion Draft Protected List | FC Dallas
If you want a good breakdown of why FCD exposed who they did, then this is what you need to read.

Expansion Draft: FC Dallas Protected Players List Revealed - Big D Soccer
There aren't a lot of surprises in who was exposed by FCD. Chala is unknown to many and Lamah will be too expensive for LAFC to pick up.

FC Dallas will see increase in TAM after MLS approves new funds for ‘18 - Big D Soccer
A significant increase in money hits team’s payroll.

FC Dallas and Walker Zimmerman Part Ways After Frustrating End to 2017 | FC Dallas
It may seem weird to make this deal but it brings a lot of flexibility to the rebuild this winter.

// MLS //

Sounders' Schmetzer left questioning decisions after MLS Cup defeat |
Seattle had their moments but didn't take advantage of enough of them to do any good in defending their title.

Baer: The five biggest moments of Toronto FC's epic championship season |
Is TFC the best team in league history? It is hard to argue it.

Toronto FC vs. Seattle Sounders: Final score 2-0, Jozy Altidore scores MLS Cup winner -
Toronto won a historic treble by getting revenge for last year’s MLS Cup defeat.

Toronto FC vs. Sounders, MLS Cup recap: No repeat - Sounder At Heart
Despite a world class Stefan Frei performance, Seattle couldn’t come up with the goals and are thoroughly outplayed.

Toronto FC produce an MLS Cup final win as dominant as their season - Waking The Red
Toronto's big win capped off one hell of a season for them.

Altidore, Bradley ease their heartbreak by leading Toronto to historic MLS Cup | ESPNFC
Two months ago, Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley lived the nightmare of not making the World Cup. Lifting MLS Cup together can ease their pain.

Bradley revels in 'dream' MLS Cup success | FourFourTwo
After leading Toronto FC to a first MLS Cup, captain Michael Bradley lauded his team-mates.

Defining Michael Bradley: How another dominant MLS Cup display speaks to his true legacy | FourFourTwo
The USMNT captain will always carry with him the failed 2018 World Cup qualification, but it isn't what defines him.

Toronto FC’s dominant MLS Cup triumph validates recent vision – and historic greatness | FourFourTwo
Toronto's MLS Cup victory over Seattle to win the treble cemented the Reds' place among the league's best ever.

2017 MLS Expansion Draft protected and unprotected lists |
Plenty of options for LAFC in tomorrow's Expansion Draft.

List of MLS Free Agents for 2018 season |
The free agent list isn't super intriguing this year but it does have a name or two that is interesting.

Kei Kamara: Robbo Finally Gets His Man - Eighty Six Forever
The Vancouver Whitecaps traded two draft picks to New England Sunday Morning in exchange for forward Kei Kamara.

D.C. United acquires Darren Mattocks from Portland Timbers - Black And Red United
DCU's rebuild takes shape with moves like this one.

Peak MLS: Sporting KC Trade for Retired Player - The Blue Testament
A draft pick, four out of contract players and a player who retired. Such a fun MLS trade.