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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, February 9, 2017

We’re finally getting some FC Dallas games here folks!

FC Dallas was back in action for the first time this year yesterday as they began their seven games, in seven days in Argentina.

// FC Dallas //

Five thoughts from FCD’s first preseason game | Big D Soccer

While none of us could actually see yesterday’s game against Lanus, the 1-0 loss did come with some interesting lineup choices during the three 40-minute sessions.

Community predictions: How will Urruti do in 2017? | Big D Soccer

Yesterday we also asked how we thought Maxi Urruti would fare in 2017. This is where you make predictions!

Preseason trip a bit of a homecoming for Morales | FCDallas.com

I’m sure for Javier Morales, going home for the first time in a decade was something special.

// MLS //

The ultimate MLS roster rules flowchart | SI.com

They may seriously be one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen created about MLS rules. I want to print one of these suckers out to have handy when things are going down.

Lure of Beckham and Miami is no longer interesting to in-demand MLS | FourFourTwo

You do wonder at this point now that it has been three years since that deal was announced that a team would go to Miami, that is MLS even doing enough to really help this one out? The fact that 12 cities have groups that will spend $150 million to get in now seems to outweigh a heavily discounted bid that can’t get off the ground.

Here is your 2017 MLS bucket list | MLSSoccer.com

Yes, this is quite the list but I can’t even imagine what it would cost to actually achieve every thing on this list.

Higuain assess Crew’s offense and defense | Massive Report

He’s not wrong about the Crew’s ability up front or how poor their defense was a year ago.

McCarty spits fire about the Fire | Hot Time In Old Town

Again, these words are not incorrect about the Fire. They’ve been largely bad for a few years now and good ol’ Dax called them out on it.

Harkes and Durkin lead academy revolution in DCU midfield | Black and Red United

There is no arguing that DCU has had success with a pair of HGPs in the past but elsewhere they’ve struggled to get HGPs the minutes. Ian Harkes and Chris Durkin look to change that this season.

Union sign Red Bull academy grad Adam Najem | Brotherly Game

A little exchange in the form of a draft pick for player rights got Philly a pretty solid player from the Red Bull’s academy by way of Akron.