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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, December 19, 2017

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The offseason moves on as FCD adds a backup keeper.

MLS: FC Dallas at Minnesota United FC Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

We’re inching our way towards Christmas day here as FC Dallas and a couple other teams in MLS learned their CCL fate last night.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas learns draw for Round of 16 in CONCACAF Champions League - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas gets another shot at the Panamanian side in the CCL but it also sets up a tough potential semifinal.

FC Dallas signs goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer - Big D Soccer
Maurer returns to Dallas after a brief loan spell in 2017.

MONDAY MAILBAG: Reggie Cannon Stepping Up, Mauro Diaz the Recruiter and Looking Ahead to 2018 | FC Dallas
Here are a couple good questions to think about as the year comes to a close.

// MLS //

Official: Timbers Hire Giovanni Savarese - Stumptown Footy
Savarese has been on the hot list for a lot of MLS teams these last couple of years and Portland scoop him up.

Armchair Analyst: In Savarese, Timbers get coach with local, global cred |
It will be interesting to see exactly how Portland goes about player additions this offseason now that they have a new manager.

MLS transfer: Liverpool product Brooks Lennon to join Real Salt Lake on permanent deal |
Real Salt Lake is set to sign Brooks Lennon to a new deal after he impressed in 2017 on loan from Liverpool.

LA Galaxy trade for rights to goalkeeper David Bingham - LAG Confidential
LA struggled in the keeper department in 2017 and Bingham gives them an instant upgrade here.

Orlando City Adds R.J. Allen and Stéfano Pinho, Re-signs Dillon Powers - The Mane Land
It is a little disappointing that FCD couldn't get Powers from Orlando.

Toronto FC news: U.S. youth star Ayo Akinola signs homegrown deal - Waking The Red
After traveling to Europe to explore his options, the USA-born, Canada-raised forward signs with TFC.

CONCACAF Champions League Draw: New format provides bigger matches sooner |
With the potential of an all-MLS vs. Liga MX quarterfinals just around the corner, the tournament is giving fans what they want.

CONCACAF Champions League: MLS teams avoid Costa Rican giants Saprissa, Herediano in first round |
MLS teams dodged most of the danger in Monday's CONCACAF Champions League draw by avoiding Costa Rican giants Saprissa and Herediano.