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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, December 5, 2017

MLS Cup hype train is starting to take off here.

MLS: MLS Cup Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The MLS Cup is almost here but the hype for the big game is starting to pick up nicely here.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas offseason: Five available players in MLS worth discussing now - Big D Soccer
There are some talented players available right now in MLS, but will FC Dallas take a look at any of them is the key question.

MAILBAG MONDAY: Offseason Signings, Mauro Diaz in 2018, MLS Expansion and More! | FC Dallas
A lot of talk on what is to come for FC Dallas this offseason.

Armchair Analyst: Time for FC Dallas to move on from Mauro Diaz? Not yet |
I may have struck a chord with some folks around the league on whether or not FCD should move on from Mauro Diaz or not. Matt Doyle had a very lengthy rebuttal that is worth the read.

// MLS //

Valeri's MVP award shows why he's a perfect fit for Portland and MLS
From the moment Diego Valeri arrived in Portland in 2013, it seemed a perfect fit; for the team, the city, his family, for himself and for the league.

Diego Valeri Named Most Valuable Player - Stumptown Footy
Valeri was a runaway winner this year in the MVP voting. He had my vote and a whole lot of others in the media.

Boehm: Best ever? What if that title belongs to Sounders, not Toronto FC? |
You win back-to-back titles in this league and you will go down as one of the better sides in league history. Simple as that. Those 69 points in the regular season mean very little if TFC doesn't win on Saturday.

Victor Rodriguez may be the key to a Sounders MLS Cup win - Sounder At Heart
Once again, those midseason signings are paying off for Seattle.

Toronto FC looks to upend history in finals rematch with Seattle Sounders
Toronto is looking to buck MLS history by winning a finals rematch; but more importantly they are looking to end years of organizational ineptitude.

All that money can buy: MLS Cup rematch underscores league’s evolution toward wealth, ambition | FourFourTwo
Seattle-Toronto Part 2 is another telling sign of Major League Soccer's evolution. Spend or be left behind.

140-character 2017 season in review for every Dynamo player - Dynamo Theory
I like that they stuck to the old Twitter format of 140-characters and not the new one.