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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, October 30, 2018

FC Dallas has their work cut out for them tomorrow.

MLS: FC Dallas at Portland Timbers Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

The week continues on here as FC Dallas is back at home and is preparing for tomorrow’s playoff game against Portland.

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FC Dallas stumbles into the playoffs following loss to Colorado - Big D Soccer
An extra ramble-ly take on the Colorado game and FC Dallas fandom as we try and sort out Sunday as best we can before tomorrow's game.

FC Dallas to host the Portland Timbers in the Knockout Round - Big D Soccer
Folks are expecting a large gate tomorrow night huh?

Timbers Rested and Ready for Wednesday's Knockout Round Tilt | FC Dallas
Portland was able to rest a lot of key players over the weekend in preparation for tomorrow night.

Six Degrees: On To Dallas - Stumptown Footy
If you want a good breakdown of Portland ahead of tomorrow, I'd start here even though the Timbers rolled out a B-squad on Sunday.

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FiveThirtyEight highlights three MLS Cup favorites, projects Knockout Round |
The odd makers...or prediction forecasters...whatever you want to call these guys have crunched the numbers ahead of the playoffs.

Warshaw: Winners and Losers from a Decision Day that did not disappoint |
Teams like RSL came out huge on Sunday, despite the fact that they didn't play. Haha gotta love that unbalanced schedule.

Home cooking: How have home teams fared in Knockout Round? |
The home sides have faired pretty well in this Knockout Round game over the last few years. So there is that.

Beware Wayne Rooney and D.C. United, while LAFC could go far: MLS knockout round preview | ESPNFC
The eight teams in this week's MLS knockout round, the first postseason hurdle, are potent but flawed.

What role will Andre Horta have for LAFC in the playoffs? - Angels on Parade
The Designated Player remains very much an enigma in MLS for LAFC.