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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, December 7, 2017

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MLS Cup is almost here.

MLS: MLS Cup Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The first week of December is nearly in the books and MLS Cup is almost here.

// FC Dallas //

Building for 2018: A shift in the midfield on the horizon for FC Dallas? - Big D Soccer
We see a lot of work to be done in the middle of the park for 2018.

Dan Hunt Sits with Gina Miller to Discuss Changes for 2018 Season | FC Dallas
Lots of interesting comments out of Dan Hunt yesterday, but it is good to see that he wants the defense improved in 2018.

// MLS //

Position-by-position breakdown: Who has the edge in MLS Cup 2017? | MLSsoccer.com
I kind of think it really could just come down to the home crowd willing this Toronto team to a victory. But anything could happen in this one.

Toronto FC letting everyone know last year’s failure is on their minds - Sounder At Heart
But the mental edge could be in Seattle's court.

Toronto FC news: Jozy Altidore still on track for MLS Cup final - Waking The Red
He hasn't practiced but TFC continues to state he will be involved on Saturday.

Toronto's 'process' has it one step away from claiming a historic treble | ESPNFC
The Canadian Championship was first, the Supporters' Shield second. An MLS Cup win over Seattle would end Toronto FC's 2017 with a historic treble.

MLS Cup TV coverage of Toronto FC vs. Seattle Sounders to include helicopters and mic'd up coaches | Goal.com
Seattle and Toronto FC will meet in a cup final rematch, and the network hopes to produce a broadcast worthy of a high-profile event.

Expansion finalists make presentations at MLS headquarters in New York City | MLSsoccer.com
The four bids all made their case yesterday. We'll know next week which two get in and which two still have work to do.

Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman and husband Griff Harsh join Sacramento Republic FC investor group | ESPNFC
This one has been rumored for a while but the Sacramento bid got a massive financial backer in Whitman.

Nashville leaves MLS meeting in New York upbeat about expansion bid: 'We've made our best case.' | Tennessan
Nashville still has one of the better bids of the four. That stadium deal is good.

MLS expansion: Comparing Sacramento, Nashville, Detroit, Cincinnati | The Sacramento Bee
Sacramento still has the right kind of backing from top to bottom to get in MLS. I just wonder if MLS will continue to make them wait.