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Big D Daily: News for Monday, December 4, 2017

The MLS offseason is about to pick up in a big way.

MLS: MLS Cup John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The week of MLS Cup is finally here again as we get another Seattle-Toronto battle this weekend.

// FC Dallas //

Can FC Dallas finally get the Mauro Diaz situation right in 2018? - Big D Soccer
He’s been fragile every season...is it time to move on? My gut tells me the club would do better if they shipped him out.

Building for 2018: How FC Dallas can retool their thin defense - Big D Soccer
When the defense was on their game, it was fun to watch. But when it wasn’t, it was damn ugly.

HOF: Go Inside the National Soccer Hall of Fame Construction Zone | FC Dallas
Speaking of building for the future. So much activity is finally happening the south end. Night and day difference from what we last saw.

// MLS //

Boehm: TFC, Sounders face off for a claim to ownership of this era in MLS | MLSsoccer.com
The more I look at Seattle and Toronto, the less I am shocked we're getting another dosage of them in the finals.

If one team can ruin Toronto FC’s ‘best-ever’ season, it’s the Sounders - Sounder At Heart
Seattle look like the more confident side after the conference finals.

MLS Cup is a rematch between two significantly changed teams - Sounder At Heart
Both teams look similar on paper but a lot has changed since last year's MLS Cup.

Toronto FC news: Altidore yet to train but expected to play in MLS Cup - Waking The Red
It would be a shame if Jozy couldn't play but this week will be interesting to see how much he trains.

No winter blues: Crew SC excited, energized for 2018 after playoff run | MLSsoccer.com
Columbus should find a way back to this point in the playoffs never year if they can retain that core.

Columbus Crew SC exercise options on nine players for 2018 - Massive Report
Columbus made their roster moves over the weekend and nothing was too shocking in the end.

Rumor: LA Galaxy looking to move Gyasi Zardes - LAG Confidential
How much the Galaxy would want for him is the key in all of this.

Atlanta United sign former USL Goalkeeper of the Year - Dirty South Soccer
I would have been fine getting a backup keeper like this.

Cincinnati on MLS offensive Columbus on defense | ESPNFC
It is really strange to see how things are going in Ohio these days.