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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Only a couple more days until FC Dallas is back on the field.

It is hard to believe that the offseason and preseason are pretty much over here.

// FC Dallas //

Defensive expectations for FCD in 2017 | Big D Soccer

The depth is pretty solid in the back but what exactly are we thinking of this bunch going into the season? First off, having a pair of center backs like Matt Hedges and Walker Zimmerman is a good start.

Scouting Report: Arabe Unido | Big D Soccer

We’ll have plenty more on this game in the coming days but here is a good starting point for more on our CCL opponents.

FC Dallas’ “Homegrown” Reputation Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story | 3rd Degree

The HGPs are a special part of this group for sure but the way this team is been built over the last three years really is something to marvel at.

FCD targets CCL glory | MLSSoccer.com

I missed this one over the weekend while I was away. I think this goes directly in line with the thinking that FCD will throw all their eggs in the CCL basket early in the year and then the playoff/MLS Cup basket late in the season.

Pareja focused to bring MLS Cup to Dallas | Goal.com

Like I said, all the eggs are in that basket this year. I wouldn’t be shocked to see a lot of squad rotation this year on the way to the playoffs either.

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San Diego reveals full stadium plans | MLSSoccer.com

I have to admit, the more I look at the bid from San Diego, the more I am starting to come around to the idea of a team in that city.

The case for Freddy Adu in Chicago | Hot Time In Old Town

I don’t see how Freddy Adu will ever be back in MLS but Chicago is about as likely of a spot to land him as anyone else I suppose.

Why MLS spending is shifting to defense | ESPNFC

Teams are starting to realize pretty quickly here that defense does actually win in this league if you do it right. Seattle is a pretty good case of a team that got a defensive group that got healthy and good at the right moment last year.

Buying and selling: Why it is time for MLS to recalibrate it’s approach | FourFourTwo

This offseason has certainly been one that saw a lot of cash being spent and traded around in the league too.