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Big D Daily: News for Monday, December 10, 2018

Let the offseason craziness begin!

MLS: MLS Cup-Portland Timbers vs Atlanta United FC Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The 2018 season is finally in the books for MLS as we begin the wild and crazy offseason.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas Trades Maxi Urruti to Montreal Impact - Big D Soccer
FCD adds No. 10 Overall SuperDraft pick, $75,000 in TAM and a ton (probably a $1m worth in cap space) flexibility this winter.

FC Dallas trades Tesho Akindele to Orlando City for allocation - Big D Soccer
FCD to receive Allocation Money over next two seasons in return as Tesho was likely to lose out in playing time to younger guys this year.

The wild MLS offseason begins this week for FC Dallas - Big D Soccer
The MLS draft season kicks off this week now that MLS Cup is over. We already saw some craziness yesterday but that was just the start.

Sources: Josh Wolff interviews with FC Dallas for head coach opening - Big D Soccer
The long-time Columbus Crew assistant is said to be in the running now as he's likely losing out to Caleb Porter in Ohio.

Breaking Down FC Dallas' Trades of Tesho Akindele and Maxi Urruti | FC Dallas
If you wondered why these two moves happened, Carter has a solid breakdown of it for you.

// MLS //

2018 MLS Cup broadcast scores historic audience ratings |
This is certainly a positive sign for MLS as the got the type of title game they've always wanted, in a venue that was packed to the rafters.

Pity Martinez confirms he will leave River Plate, join Atlanta United in January - Dirty South Soccer
And the rich continue to get richer? Atlanta is wasting no time in improving their championship winning roster.

Andrew Carleton was suspended for MLS Cup due to violating club policy - Dirty South Soccer
This isn't a good look for any young player.

Stejskal: With MLS Cup, Atlanta show just how high they've raised the bar |
We thought the bar was high with teams like Seattle, LA and Toronto but Atlanta is taking that even further.

Atlanta United's MLS Cup triumph ends city's long spell of sporting heartbreak | ESPNFC
After two plus decades of coming within touching distance of glory but falling short, Atlanta has a champion again in the form of Atlanta United.

Still waiting for number 2; Portland Timbers lose 2-0 to Atlanta United in MLS Cup Final - Stumptown Footy
And a few words from the Portland side of things.

Giovanni Savarese criticizes officiating as Portland Timbers fall in MLS Cup | ESPNFC
After losing 2-0 in MLS Cup, Portland Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese lamented the "foul that wasn't a foul" that led to Atlanta's second goal.

Vancouver Whitecaps Add MacMath & Crepeau Lose Richey & Mezquida - Eighty Six Forever
Everyone said Dallas would be super active yesterday but Vancouver made four deals in the four-hour trade window.