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Big D Daily: News for Monday, January 15, 2018

The MLS Combine is up and running with plenty of intriguing players to watch.

MLS: Combine Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

For some it is a holiday Monday, and for others it is the start of a busy week in MLS.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas to Participate in New eMLS Competitive Gaming League | FC Dallas
FCD and MLS are getting into the eSports business.

SUPERDRAFT: FC Dallas' Top Five All-Time MLS SuperDraft Selections | FC Dallas
Dominic Oduro as the top draft pick according to this list but I'd take Matt Hedges or Zach Loyd over him any day.

Walker Zimmerman: LAFC “chasing trophies” from the start - Angels on Parade
Walker may end up being a player rejuvenated this season by moving to LA.

// MLS //

WMU's Brandon Bye leads the way in MLS Combine performance tests | MLSsoccer.com
I will say that it is good to see MLS take the Combine to a MLS stadium these days instead of the way they used to do it.

Assessing players whose stock rose, fell in Day 1 of 2018 MLS Combine | MLSsoccer.com
Some interesting names on this list after a couple days at the Combine.

MLS combine: Joao Moutinho impresses, Ema Twumasi struggles on first day | Goal.com
The former Sporting Lisbon product stood out among the crowd in the first day of MLS combine action.

Reports: Atlanta United set to finalize MLS-record deal for Ezequiel Barco | MLSsoccer.com
This transfer deal is bonkers for MLS but also really cool to see them dive into this territory of spending.

Going up! How Portland's Providence Park will fit more fans into American soccer’s best party | FourFourTwo
Portland is going to add more seats to their stadium. At some point that will help chop off that 13k waitlist.

Orlando City objects to Besiktas' claims of deal with Cyle Larin | ESPNFC
This transfer saga has been interesting to say the least. This one looks way worse than the Fabian Castillo saga of 2016.

Report: Tigres midfielder Jesus Duenas an RSL target, MLS says - RSL Soapbox
The rumor mill continues to grind away news for the league.

Ola Kamara's future still in flux with Rapids ready to move on - ESPNFC
Colorado seems to be the front runner to get Kamara from Columbus his offseason.

Officially Unofficial: Timbers Sign Andy Polo - Stumptown Footy
More South American players coming into the league here as Portland uses some TAM for their latest addition.

Preki joins Sounders coaching staff - Sounder At Heart
Wait, what? The where's Preki movement has landed back in Seattle.

David Beckham's Miami group braced for long-awaited MLS launch | Goal.com
So is this one actually going to happen or what? I mean we're almost four years into things here.