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Big D Daily: News for Friday, November 2, 2018

How’s your offseason going so far?

MLS: Knockout Round-Portland Timbers at FC Dallas Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The MLS playoffs have been wild so far, now we head into the weekend where the conference semifinals begin. But first, some links to discuss..

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas proved they just weren’t good enough against Portland - Big D Soccer
Dallas has been building a project that was doomed to fail from the start when you really look at everything.

Scratching the Chalkboard: Time for a true #10 - Big D Soccer
Dallas crashes out of the 2018 season, largely due to the lack of quality attackers.

Instant Over Reaction: Ranting on FC Dallas’ Playoff Exit - Big D Soccer
We're letting you rant, complain, moan, bitch, etc. here on this thread.

INTERNATIONAL: Paxton Pomykal Records Goal, Assist; Servania Adds Assist in US U-20 Win | FC Dallas
Seeing Paxton play like we expected him to in 2018 was a nice boost after Wednesday's playoff exit.

Moreno: Lack of buildup to blame for low attendance in Dallas - ESPN Video
Gotta love that the talking heads are back on the attendance woes in Dallas again.

// MLS //

Wiebe: Why your (playoff) team will lift the 2018 MLS Cup |
My money is still on someone like New York (even if they are very Metro in the playoffs).

A penalty kick win again advances Columbus Crew SC from Knockout Round - Massive Report
The Black & Gold win on the road in the knockout game again, in what was easily one of the best Knockout Round games that I've seen in MLS so far.

2018 MLS Cup playoffs: Penalty kick heartbreak sees D.C. United fall to Columbus Crew - Black And Red United
Three missed penalties will do anyone in but DCU has a lot to be happy about this year in the way they finished.

RSL advances to semifinal, beats LAFC 3-2 - RSL Soapbox
Damir Kreilach put on a show, scoring twice against a team RSL didn’t beat in the regular season. I guess having that extra few days of rest paid off for RSL too.

LAFC’s MLS Cup Playoffs game temporarily halted due to fans throwing debris - Angels on Parade
This is not a good look for the expansion side.