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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, December 20, 2017

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Only five more days until Christmas, are you done with your shopping?

Sports: MLS Stadium Council Vote Andrew Nelles-USA TODAY Sports

MLS is expanding and we’ll soon have another team within driving distance to Dallas.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas to open up 2018 season against Real Salt Lake - Big D Soccer
The two rivals are meeting in the season opener for the second time.

How a One-Week Loan Helped Jimmy Maurer and FC Dallas Find the Perfect Fit | FC Dallas
When the club opted not to re-sign Chris Seitz, you kind of thought Jimmy Maurer would be the first guy they'd call.

// MLS //

Major soccer announcement to be held in Nashville on Wednesday |
Nashville is getting one of the two expansion bids for this round.

Nashville reportedly awarded MLS expansion team -
Experienced owners and a stadium ready to go pushed Nashville ahead of its competition.

MLS sets Nashville event to introduce expansion team |
But where the other expansion team will land is still up in the air but I would imagine we'll know soon enough after today's announcement.

Will Cincinnati, Sacramento or Detroit join Nashville as an MLS newcomer? | ESPNFC
The race is on among the three cities hoping to join MLS, and it's a close one, with each bid having its own pros and cons.

Castillo: MLS preseason takes on new meaning due to revamped CCL schedule |
We saw this last year when FCD went down to Argentina and I would imagine we'll see something similar for the five MLS sides in the CCL this coming season.

LAFC inaugural home opener scheduled for April 29 - Angels on Parade
The new kids on the block will have to wait until April to open their shiny new stadium.

Defender Rolf Feltscher inks LA Galaxy deal - LAG Confidential
Venezuelan international right-back arrives from Cardiff City as the Galaxy look to improve a very leaky defense.

MLS matchmaker: Where we want these nine free agents to play in 2018 | FourFourTwo
MLS free agency is weird. I wouldn't be shocked if we see some of these come true this offseason.