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Big D Daily: News for Monday, January 22, 2018

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FCD comes away as a draft day winner.

MLS: MLS Super Draft Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The start of preseason is finally here as FC Dallas returns to the pitch today for the first time in 2018.

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MLS Draft: FC Dallas trades up to select Francis Atuahene - Big D Soccer
If you are going to make a splash in the draft, no better way to do it than by sending cash to a team for a top five pick to get the player you want.

MLS Draft 2018: FC Dallas selects Ema Twumasi with the 11th pick - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas gets two Generation adidas players in the first round as Twumasi comes in through FCD's second first round pick.

MLS Draft 2018: FC Dallas selects two in second round - Big D Soccer
Cichero and Lema are solid players that could battle for some of the final roster spots this preseason.

FC Dallas Drafts Amer Sasivarevic and Noah Franke in Final Rounds of 2018 MLS SuperDraft | FC Dallas
The third and fourth round were held yesterday via conference call. FCD got two more guys they were scouting with it.

SUPERDRAFT: FC Dallas Enjoys Near-Perfect Day One at 2018 MLS SuperDraft | FC Dallas
Getting two players that won't count against the salary cap in 2018 is always a win when it comes to the draft.

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MLS SuperDraft grades: Rating winners, losers from a busy day in Philly | MLSsoccer.com
A lot of people are raving over what FCD did on Friday. Adding two of the fastest players in the draft fits what Oscar Pareja likes to do in the attack.

MLS SuperDraft winners and losers | Goal.com
Here is another report with FCD as a draft-day winner.

Clubs that helped themselves in a frantic first day of the MLS SuperDraft | ESPNFC
The first day of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft was chock full of trades. So who left Philadelphia with a stronger squad?

Armchair Analyst: ATLUTD's Ezequiel Barco signing sets new standard for MLS | MLSsoccer.com
Atlanta was savvy enough to announce the Barco deal during the SuperDraft on Friday.

Barco signing cements Atlanta's status as MLS' most ambitious club | ESPNFC
Atlanta United's signing of Ezequiel Barco set a new standard in MLS, and proved once again the club isn't afraid to spend big on its road to success.

Report: Minnesota among "many" MLS teams interested in Yamil Asad | MLSsoccer.com
I would wish FCD was among the 'many' clubs interested in Asad.

It will take a significant offer for Crew SC to part with Justin Meram - Massive Report
Dallas tried to go after Meram at the SuperDraft but the price tag is likely just too high for the winger.

Crew SC trade Ola Kamara to the Galaxy for Gyasi Zardes, money - Massive Report
Kamara wanted out of Columbus while Zardes gets a fresh new start in Ohio.

Goodbye, Gyasi Zardes! - LAG Confidential
LA fans wish farewell to their favorite Homegrown. It will be interesting to see how he does outside of LA this season.

$1.2 million deal for David Accam to the Union is official - Brotherly Game
Speedy 27-year-old winger is the Philadelphia Union’s newest designated player, as they make a big Draft-day splash.

Stejskal: Bold Fire take another risk in moving David Accam to Philadelphia | MLSsoccer.com
Accam was one of the best goal scorers in MLS these last couple of years. The Fire better have something good up their sleeve to make this one count.

Stoke City make transfer bid for New York City FC's Jack Harrison | Goal.com
The EPL side is looking to add Harrison from NYCFC. I'd be curious to know what that transfer deal could look like.