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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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The final day of FC Dallas’ Argentina trip is here.

FC Dallas wraps up their week and a half long stay in Argentina today.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas plays Lanus in a pair of friendlies | Big D Soccer

We’ll have a few more thoughts today and tomorrow on this trip. But overall I would say the level of play out of the main group has been pretty decent for preseason.

FCD to play SMU this Sunday | FCDallas.com

The final tune up before next Thursday’s CCL match is on the books. I would imagine we’ll get a true sense of who will start next Thursday in this one.

// MLS //

Dempsey fully cleared of medical issues | Sounder at Heart

I have to say this is one of the best news I’ve heard all week. Clint Dempsey missed a large chunk of the Sounders run to a MLS title last year due to a heart condition but now that appears to be behind him.

Three clubs are chasing Aron Johannsson | MLS Italia

I’ve been wanting this guy in MLS for a few years now and a couple of the clubs listed here don’t surprise me.

Man City to loan Yangel Herrera to NYCFC | ESPNFC

That Manchester City to NYCFC connection didn’t work out all that great in the first few tries but this is the kind of move that should work.

Impact ready for life after Drogba | Goal.com

As they should be. I think in their playoff run we got a good look at what they could do without him. I still feel like this is a team that will regress in 2017.

RSL looking at life without Morales | Goal.com

And another team is looking at how to handle things without a key player this year. Javier Morales is in Dallas now and RSL are hoping letting him go was the right call.

Why Sebastian Blanco’s arrival in Portland should scare the league | FourFourTwo

Portland wasn’t a great team in 2016 but they’ve made some good moves like this one to get back to being a contender again. I still want to see how well that defense will be though as they didn’t get any younger back there.