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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, December 26, 2017

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Only a couple more days until a new calendar rolls over.

MLS: U.S. Open Cup-Tulsa Roughnecks FC at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Now that Christmas is in the books, it is time to wrap up 2017.

// FC Dallas //

Lack of investment or lack of vision: Why hasn't FC Dallas reached a championship level? | Dallas Morning News
So let's talk about this piece for a moment. It came down before Christmas and really called out Fernando Clavijo and company for their lack of scouting and investment in players. To be fair, this kind of thing happens with more clubs in MLS and not just FCD. Plus, just scouting alone is more than having a list of players to look at.

Armchair Analyst: Roster build status for FC Dallas |
As Doyle points out, expect roster moves...a lot of them.

FC Dallas Extends its Geographic Reach in Signing Bulgarian Defender Anton Nedyalkov | FC Dallas
I think it is time we put together a solid six pack of local beer and some tacos for Anton.

// MLS //

Panizo: Five teams that killed it on international market in 2017 |
Atlanta killed it on the open market, that we know. But sadly, so did Houston.

The Real Salt Lake Family Stands in Support of #SavetheCrew - RSL Soapbox
We want to Save the Crew, here is why you should too.

Sacha Kljestan gets extra game ban for Toronto tunnel clash | ESPNFC
Sacha Kljestan will be suspended for a second game to open the 2018 MLS season after a further review of the playoff tunnel clash with Toronto FC.

LA Galaxy pursuing former Hearts captain, U.S. international Kitchen - ESPNFC
If you are wondering, he's not coming through the Allocation Order for FCD to make a deal with LA on.

Brad Friedel on building the Revs' roster and why the USMNT's development system is not broken | FourFourTwo
Plenty of thoughts on this one from Friedel as he looks to rebuild New England.

Cincinnati Detroit and Sacramento forced to wait for MLS decision | ESPNFC
Major League Soccer will take its time to evaluate bids from Cincinnati, Detroit and Sacramento before deciding which city is awarded a franchise.