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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, December 11, 2018

FC Cincinnati beings building out their roster today with the Expansion Draft.

MLS: Atlanta United FC-MLS CUP Champions Parade Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Now that the confetti has settled in Atlanta, the MLS offseason is truly about to ramp up here as the Expansion Draft is set for today.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas releases Expansion Draft protection list - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas protects 11 players, leaving 10 available for selection in Tuesday’s draft. There are certainly some interesting names left unprotected.

Weighing the Odds as FC Dallas Crafted its 2019 Expansion Draft Protected List | FC Dallas
Having guys like Ziegler and Pedroso left exposed is dangerous but also a risk worth taking here.

North Texas Soccer Club Announces 2019 Schedule | FC Dallas
The 28-game schedule where you play each time three or four times takes me back to the old days of MLS.

// MLS //

The complete list of MLS free agents for the 2019 season |
The free agent list this year is pretty 'meh' if you ask me. Lots of aging players with hefty deals that don't make a lot of sense here.

Warshaw: Intriguing options for FC Cincinnati in Expansion Draft on Tuesday |
Cincy does have some options today, some very expensive options if they want to go that direction.

Stejskal: Explaining the notable names available in the MLS Expansion Draft |
Another dive into today's possibilities for Cincy talk about how FCD exposed some key players.

FC Cincinnati sign 5 players from 2018 USL team on Monday |
Cincy loves their USL guys, and for good reason as they did very well over the last couple of years. I do like seeing them rewarded here with MLS deals.

MLS Expansion Draft: Analyzing the best options for FC Cincinnati | Pro Soccer USA
Who should, or could FC Cincinnati select in the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft? If they are willing to spend, they could get five really good players today.

Atlanta United’s success is an opportunity for aspiration in Seattle - Sounder At Heart
The "inventors" of American soccer are now realizing that they've been passed up here.

Opara Asks KC to Consider Trading Him - The Blue Testament
He wants more money but he'd be a huge risk for any team given how he picks up injuries.

Timbers sign Marvin Loria and Renzo Zambrano to first team contracts - Stumptown Footy
Portland is promoting two of their own from their USL squad up to MLS next year.

ESPN signs Jon Champion to exclusive deal as lead MLS broadcaster | ESPNFC
While I think Champion is a fine broadcaster, I do think ESPN is hurting themselves by not developing American voices for MLS games.