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Big D Daily: News for Friday, September 15, 2017

FC Dallas welcomes in the Sounders this weekend.

MLS: Playoffs-Seattle Sounders FC at FC Dallas Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The weekend is finally here as we hope to see FC Dallas put an end to their long winless rut.

// FC Dallas //

Analyzing Fernando Clavijo’s successes and failures since 2015|- Big D Soccer
We’ve talked a lot lately about what is going on, but it all starts with who has been brought in.

Behind Enemy Lines: Scouting the Seattle Sounders | Big D Soccer
Is Dallas a trap game for Seattle? I'd be willing to say it is not.

Can Oscar Pareja find a lineup that will end FC Dallas’ current slump? | Big D Soccer
Dallas looks to put this misery aside as they host Seattle for the first time this year. We ask who you'd start tomorrow night.

Scouting Report: When the bull is weak, grab it by the horns | Sounder At Heart
Here is what the other side views as ways to win the game tomorrow night.

// MLS //

Armchair Analyst: How to deconstruct an MLS Cup contender | MLSsoccer.com
Oddly enough, this isn't about FC Dallas. But it does show how quickly things can change in this league if you aren't careful.

Whitecaps emerge as a title contender, but team focuses on improvement | MLSsoccer.com
I love it when one outlet takes a team serious (that was FourFourTwo yesterday), MLS is quick to jump on the same thing.

Sounders win red card appeal, Román Torres available against FC Dallas | Sounder At Heart
This is interesting that an independent review board disagreed with VAR for the first time.

No Audi Field price hikes for D.C. United supporters groups in 2018 | Black And Red United
Fans will also get a chance to name the north stand of the club’s new home at Buzzard Point, which is kind of cool too.

Pistons vice-chairman: Detroit MLS franchise bid will boost young players | ESPN FC
Detroit is due to make its case for a franchise at a presentation to MLS commissioner Don Garber and league representatives next month. So we should expect to hear lots more details on it.

Kaka and Pirlo among top 10 MLS stars set to hit the open market | Goal.com
Led by free agency and the end of some of the league's biggest contract, MLS will feature more out-of-contract big names this winter than ever before

Ranked! The 11 most in-demand MLS players hitting free agency | FourFourTwo
And more on the free agency players-to-be, here is a solid list that could potentially include Chris Seitz, Atiba Harris and Javier Morales.