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Big D Daily: News for Monday, December 3, 2018

The USMNT finally have a new manager.

MLS: Columbus Crew at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The last month of the calendar year is here as MLS gears up for their title game this weekend in Atlanta.

// FC Dallas //

Five recently releases MLS players that FC Dallas should go after - Big D Soccer
Teams have released a bunch of players. Who should Dallas take a look at? We have a few ideas of who might be a decent fit here.

INTERNATIONAL: Ricardo Pepi Scores Goal in First Nike Friendlies Start as US U-17s Win 1-0 | FC Dallas
Pepi is certainly one to keep an eye out on in the coming year.

// MLS //

Baer: Your early 2018 MLS Cup preview |
As much as you want to expect Atlanta to easily win this one at home this weekend, you really can't count out the Timbers after their three road wins in the playoffs.

Official: RB Leipzig snaps up New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams - Once A Metro
Everyone knew this one was coming sooner rather than later. I certainly will be excited to see what this move does for Adams.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium sold out for MLS Cup Final between Atlanta United and Portland Timbers - Dirty South Soccer
Do you have your ticket? Yeah probably not since FCD isn;'t involved but it will be a fun one.

Crew SC interview Caleb Porter, Josh Wolff for new head coach, look for general manager - Massive Report
New ownership group targeting Gregg Berhalter’s replacement with a pair of coaches that wouldn't surprise me either way.

Andrew Wenger announces retirement - Dynamo Theory
Houston loses another player this offseason, this time to retirement.

// USMNT //

Instant Reaction: Gregg Berhalter as USMNT Head Coach - Big D Soccer
The announcement isn’t official, but evidently it’s the worst kept secret for... months now. Here’s our reaction.

Armchair Analyst: A man, a plan, a new head coach for USMNT |
Doyle loves the plan with the plan here as we finally get our head coach again for the USMNT.

Don’t blame Gregg Berhalter, blame the process - Stars and Stripes FC
The biggest takeaway from his hiring: U.S. Soccer’s incompetence during the last year or so. I do still wonder if Berhalter not getting the gig sooner had something to do with him not wanting to leave Columbus until that team was solid in not moving to Texas.