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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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The boys are back on the pitch!

FC Dallas Communications

Soccer is finally here in 2018 as FC Dallas and other MLS clubs hit the training pitch for the first time.

// FC Dallas //

Preseason 2018: Top storylines to follow for FC Dallas - Big D Soccer
There are plenty of things to discuss with FCD now that they are in preseason mode.

FC Dallas Opens 2018 with 35 Players on Preseason Roster | FC Dallas
Some familiar faces are back in camp on trial but I wouldn't expect many of them to last beyond February.

// MLS //

Armchair Analyst: As 2018 MLS preseason begins, here's my top 10 |
FCD looks to enter this season as underdogs again, which may actually suit this team better than as expected winners.

Boehm: Running the rule over the top 5 MLS acquisitions of the past week |
It was quite the week in MLS for player acquisitions.

New Philadelphia Union jersey leaked? - Brotherly Game
A day after David Accam wore it for his arrival in Philadelphia, it looks like the an image of the new Philly jersey has surfaced.

Chris Pontius Joins LA Galaxy - LAG Confidential
This could end up being one of those very good, under the radar kind of signings this offseason.

Carlos Bocanegra confirms Carlos Carmona will stay with Atlanta United in 2018 - Dirty South Soccer
Another solid player for Atlanta appears to be staying put for 2018.

How will Ezequiel Barco fit into Atlanta United’s star-studded attack? - Dirty South Soccer
I don't care how you put it, their lineup still remains scary good.

Timbers acquire U.S. youth international Eryk Williamson from D.C. United - Stumptown Footy
Another MLS team selling HGP rights to another...seems like a weird thing but it may be something we'll continue to see more of as we go along. Anyways, Portland gets a stud of a prospect in Williamson though.

What is the ideal roster construction strategy? - Sounder At Heart
Roster building in this league is a complicated thing that only a few have seemed to mastered so far.

Montreal Impact sign Algeria international Saphir Taider as designated player |
For once Montreal goes with someone who isn't an Italian as a DP.

Crew's Federico Higuain: 'Someone could die' if clubs relocated in Argentina | ESPNFC
This is certainly an interesting take on the relocation thing that Columbus is dealing with.

// USSF //

The U.S. Soccer presidential election is impossible to predict | FourFourTwo
Candidates agree on a lot of hot topics, and voters aren't showing their hands. So, who is most likely to get things done?