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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Let the MLS Cup hype begin.

MLS: Chicago Fire at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The week rolls on here as we dive deeper into this offseason for FC Dallas. Thankfully MLS Cup is coming up this weekend.

// FC Dallas //

Building for 2019: Will FC Dallas’ defense improve with more depth? - Big D Soccer
The Dallas defense was a cornerstone of the team, until they struggled down the stretch. Now we look at where they can go in 2019.

ACADEMY: FC Dallas U-19s and U-17s Headed to Annual Development Academy Winter Showcase | FC Dallas
As we have come to expect, the academy sides continue to do solid work.

Francis Atuahene Excited to Visit Ghana and Gives Back | FC Dallas
I do hope that we get to see more of him in 2019 as this past year was a bit of a dud for the first round pick.

// MLS //

MLS teams learn their opponents for 2019 CONCACAF Champions League | MLSsoccer.com
I can't decide which matchup is more intriguing for MLS, the SKC-Toluca one or Atlanta and Herediano.

Timbers credit Savarese for fostering "fun environment," "united group" | MLSsoccer.com
Savarese has built winners wherever he has been as a manager, even though we kid about the NASL at times, he had winners there too.

For Arthur Blank, Atlanta United, legacy begins with training facility | MLSsoccer.com
I know I talk about how important these facilities are to MLS sides but Atlanta did their's big time and it is paying off for them.

Report: Eales, Bocanegra look toward Argentina for Tata Martino’s replacement - Dirty South Soccer
While Atlanta is busy preparing for a MLS Cup this weekend, their front office brass are looking hard at finding their next manager.

Three positional battles that will decide MLS Cup 2018 - Dirty South Soccer
There are definitely some intriguing matchups in this year's MLS Cup, this is a solid breakdown of them from Atlanta's point of view.

Will New York Red Bulls fab four defenders return for 2019 encore? | Pro Soccer USA
Will the New York Red Bulls fab four defenders return for an encore in 2019? It's the biggest question the Supporters' Shield winners face this offseason.

Montreal Impact to have home opener at Stade Saputo for first time | MLSsoccer.com
Now the question I have is, will their first home game be in March or April?

LAFC sign midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye to three-year contract extension - Angels on Parade
LAFC has signed the Canadian for a three-year deal.