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Big D Daily: News for Friday, November 9, 2018

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Seattle and Portland had a wild playoff game last night.

MLS: Western Conference Semifinal-Portland Timbers at Seattle Sounders FC Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The weekend is nearly here as the offseason continues to pick up for FC Dallas fans.

// FC Dallas //

Are strikers Oscar Pareja’s Achilles Heel? - Big D Soccer
Papi hasn’t gotten much from his forwards so far. Is this is his greatest weakness? We dive into that thought.

Does Maynor Figueroa fit into FC Dallas’ 2019 plans? - Big D Soccer
What did we think of Fig’s season? And will he be back in any capacity in 2019?

INTERNATIONAL: Maynor Figueroa, Carlos Gruezo Called to National Team Duty | FC Dallas
More international call ups for these two, to go along with Reggie Cannon's call up.

// MLS //

Portland Timbers prevail; beat Seattle Sounders in penalties to advance - Stumptown Footy
A wild, tense match ends in the Timbers advancing to the conference finals.

Sounders vs. Timbers, recap: Seattle falls in shootout - Sounder At Heart
Amazing match ends in depressing fashion for Seattle fans.

Sounders' Brian Schmetzer: This was the most painful loss of my career | MLSsoccer.com
Losing to a rival like this is never an easy pill to swallow.

Aaron Long's long road to MLS pays off with international appearances, individual awards | ESPNFC
Aaron Long spent years in the lower divisions. That dedication paid dividends, with the Red Bulls center-back being named MLS Defender of the Year.

How ‘flexible’ is the New England Revolution roster heading into 2019? | Pro Soccer USA
The New England Revolution may not have the time or the resources to complete a necessary roster overhaul this off-season.

Louisville City win second consecutive USL Cup after beating Phoenix Rising | MLSsoccer.com
Louisville was dominant in the USL playoffs and they capped it off with another title.