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Big D Daily: News for Monday, November 5, 2018

The playoffs are heating up in MLS.

MLS: Western Conference Semifinal-Seattle Sounders FC at Portland Timbers Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

It feels a little weird being in the first Monday of the offseason, but here we are.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas to launch USL League One team in 2019 - Big D Soccer
It feels like this news has been a long time coming for FCD fans but next year we'll get a USL squad to support.

FC Dallas Completes Development Model with Addition of USL League One Franchise | FC Dallas
FCD can now send those draft picks and fringe Homegrown talents to the USL for a season or two to help progress their development.

INTERNATIONAL: Paxton Pomykal Scores Goal in US U-20 Record-Setting Win | FC Dallas
I think it may be safe to say that Paxton is looking more like himself these days.

// MLS //

Why the Timbers' weakness on Sunday could be a strength on Thursday | MLSsoccer.com
Let's just say we all know about those pesky road goals here in Dallas. Portland will have to figure out a way to get the shutout or limit what Seattle does on Thursday.

Chad Marshall, Cristian Roldan injury updates - Sounder At Heart
These are two big losses for Seattle going into the second leg on Thursday. Ouch.

Timbers take 2-1 lead over Sounders in Leg One - Stumptown Footy
Portland had to mount the come back in this one but they managed to show Seattle that this series will be a fight.

RSL vs SKC: What we learned - RSL Soapbox
RSL loses out on Rusnak for the second leg as well, which isn't good for them.

Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake battle to 1-1 draw - The Blue Testament
Diego Rubio scores leveler, important away goal one minute after coming on.

Baer: How Atlanta United shut down New York City FC's attack | MLSsoccer.com
I was worried about Atlanta going into these playoffs but yesterday's dominant win on the road took that worry out of me.

Atlanta United beat NYCFC 1-0 in Leg 1 of MLS Eastern Conference semifinals - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta got the one away goal and a shutout. They should be fine advancing.

Higuain’s magic sparks Crew SC to 1-0 win against New York Red Bulls - Massive Report
Columbus got an important victory in the opening leg of this series against the Supporters' Shield winner but getting a result on the road this Sunday won't be easy.