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Big D Daily: News for Friday, December 8, 2017

MLS Cup is here tomorrow, who will win the big rematch?

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

The weekend is here and it also marks time to wrap up this year with MLS Cup on Saturday.

// FC Dallas //

Five available players in MLS that FC Dallas should avoid - Big D Soccer
We've discussed players we'd like to see FCD go after this winter and now we have a few we'd like to avoid.

// MLS //

Stejskal: The star-studded individual battles that will determine MLS Cup | MLSsoccer.com
The game will certainly be a defensive battle but let's hope Seattle gets more shots on goal this year.

Armchair Analyst: For Toronto FC, redemption tour finishes at home | MLSsoccer.com
If Toronto wants folks to take this season series, they have to get the job done and win the Cup.

Osvaldo Alonso injury update: Midfielder ruled out - Sounder At Heart
Seattle has figured out how to play without him lately. Alonso has only made one substitute appearance since the end of September.

Scouting Report: How to score goals in Toronto - Sounder At Heart
Seattle knows they can score with the best of them but they have to put in a big effort up top to retain their title.

Toronto FC: Delgado’s absence from the lineup unlikely to be a long one - Waking The Red
The midfielder has found the playoffs difficult and saw a long streak of starts end last time out.

Castillo: How did Toronto FC's culture change? Squad points to three keys | MLSsoccer.com
It wasn't that long ago that TFC was the laughing stock of the league.

The stats behind Toronto and Seattle's quest to make history at MLS Cup | ESPNFC
We always say the numbers never lie.

'I'll play' Jozy Altidore says despite ankle injury ahead of MLS Cup final | ESPNFC
You know Jozy wasn't going to miss this game.

MLS Cup win would make Toronto FC the best team in league history | Goal.com
MLS Cup 2017: A third trophy of 2017 would mark an unprecedented accomplishment — making this year's Toronto FC the best squad MLS has seen.

Sustainable power: Why the Sounders have a better shot at a dynasty than Toronto FC | FourFourTwo
With most big-spending clubs still in the East, Toronto will have the harder time making a third-straight trip to MLS Cup while Seattle could go through a now-weaker West.

Ohio attorney general threatens to invoke law that would keep Crew SC in Columbus - SBNation.com
A law passed after the Cleveland Browns left could be used to keep the Columbus Crew from moving to Austin.

What if... Jeff Cassar wasn’t fired? - RSL Soapbox
Could Cassar have guided RSL to a playoff place after all? I still think he would have been fired at some point in the season.