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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The midway point in the week as we continue to get ready for MLS Cup this weekend.

MLS: D.C. United at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

All seems quiet this week as the league continues to prepare for a MLS Cup.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas to face Chattanooga FC in 2018 preseason - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas will prepare for the 2018 campaign with a friendly against the NPSL side and then play some games in Arizona.

Five other players FC Dallas could gamble on this offseason - Big D Soccer
If those first five don't pan out that we discussed on Monday, FC Dallas could be looking at one of these players.

FC Dallas U-19 Academy to Defend Super Group Title at 2018 Dr Pepper Dallas Cup | FC Dallas
The academy side will have to defend their title for the first time in the Dallas Cup.

// MLS //

MLS Cup: Easy run or not, the Seattle Sounders are bigger and better - Waking The Red
Toronto knows that Seattle will bring every thing they have (unlike last year). Saturday's game should be pretty good.

Bradley, Altidore's historic success at Toronto more than just a U.S. subplot | ESPNFC
Led by Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore, Toronto's 2017 will inevitably be looked at in the context of the U.S.'s World Cup failure. It shouldn't.

Report: Eric Lichaj targeted by New England Revolution, other MLS clubs |
Another American abroad could be coming over to MLS this offseason.

Houston Dynamo announce roster moves - Dynamo Theory
For a team that went to a conference final, they sure did ditch a lot of players. They're down to 14 under contract right now, with two of those having loans that expire at the end of the month.

Handling rejection: What happens when MLS says 'no' to your expansion bid? | FourFourTwo
Four of the 12 finalists in the expansion race will become MLS teams. The implications for each, should it fail, vary greatly. We've already seen how eight of them handle (or don't handle) the rejection of this month's decision too.

// USSF //

U.S. Soccer president: Gulati's influence in American soccer won't die with his USSF presidency |
Sunil Gulati's decision to not seek re-election as U.S. Soccer president won't end his reign as an American Soccer power broker. He's still going to be at FIFA.

Who's who in the race to be the next U.S. Soccer Federation president | ESPNFC
Eight names in right now and only a couple have a real shot at this thing.