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Big D Daily: News for Friday, November 30, 2018

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The MLS Cup is set after last night’s conference title games.

MLS: Portland Timbers at Sporting Kansas City Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

One more game, that is all that is left in Major League Soccer in 2018. And now we know who is participating in it.

// FC Dallas //

Thank You Papi - Big D Soccer
Long overdue, but better late than never, a letter to our beloved former manager.

The Five Biggest Storylines for FC Dallas Leading Up to 2019 Season | FC Dallas
I think the biggest storyline to watch for this winter outside the coaching search is the USL team. Who gets added to it, how it is constructed. All key things.

// MLS //

Atlanta United reaches its first MLS Cup Final with 0-1 result, 3-1 aggregate win vs. New York Red Bulls - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta is going to MLS Cup where they will host it next Sunday. The Benz is going to be packed.

Boehm: Tata takes ATLUTD's unprecedented project to the doorstep of glory | MLSsoccer.com
One more game of glory for Atlanta before Tata leaves.

New York Red Bulls fail to deliver in the playoffs again after another promising regular season | ESPNFC
It was another promising regular season, and like in so many years past, the New York Red Bulls couldn't produce when it mattered most.

Portland Timbers lift Western Conference Championship Trophy - Stumptown Footy
Portland went to Dallas, Seattle and KC and were able to advance all the way to a MLS Cup. Impressive.

12 Excuses to Make us Feel Better about Sporting KC Losing to Portland - The Blue Testament
Yeah, in a way I feel SKC's pain here with this one. You know they are the better team but Portland had their number last night.

Portland Timbers make New York Red Bulls wait for CONCACAF Champions League - Once A Metro
SKC's loss wasn't just Portland's gain for a MLS Cup, they also kept New York from going to the CCL.

Boehm: Blanco, Chara, Valeri – three cheers for Timbers' Iron Triangle | MLSsoccer.com
I know I've praised some DPs this week in David Villa and how his impact has been in NYC but Diego Valeri may be one of the best MLS DPs ever when it is all said and done.

Sporting Kansas City's Western Conference heartache will spur side on next year | ESPNFC
Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes said he expected the Western Conference finals loss to have a galvanizing effect on his side next season.