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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Is it MLS Cup time yet?

MLS: Houston Dynamo at FC Dallas Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

We’re at the midway point in the week here as everyone in MLS prepares for MLS Cup this weekend. But first some items to discuss...

// FC Dallas //

Rumor: FC Dallas close to signing Brazilian defender Bressan - Big D Soccer
Multiple sources say FC Dallas about to add defensive help, though you should always take this sort of thing with a grain of salt.

Director of Sports Science Skylar Richards Gives a Glimpse into the World of Keeping Players Healthy | FC Dallas
Keeping players healthy is a key aspect for the long haul of a MLS season. Richards has been great over the years for the club.

// MLS //

Warshaw: How Atlanta and Portland match up for 2018 MLS Cup | MLSsoccer.com
I think this one could easily come down to how Portland is able to break down the Atlanta defense. They've managed to go through Dallas, Seattle and SKC without too many problems in the playoffs.

Gio Savarese: MLS has become a "priority league" for South Americans | MLSsoccer.com
We always talk about how the quality of life is better here for most South American players. That is paying off big time for teams scouting in that region.

Atlanta United embracing MLS Cup expectations - Dirty South Soccer
Unburdened by the city’s past sporting failure, Atlanta United is poised for greatness ahead of MLS Cup.

Wet weather could impact Atlanta United supporters attending MLS Cup - Dirty South Soccer
At least this year's game has a roof over it unlike the last two in Toronto.

One log, 2,600 miles: Portland sends slice of home to Atlanta for MLS Cup | ESPNFC
Just 1,300 of the 70,000 fans at MLS Cup will be supporting the Portland Timbers, so they're bringing with them a reminder of home: a giant log.

Precourt and MLS’s motion to dismiss as potential settlement nears - Massive Report
Yet another big win for Save The Crew as a deal to keep the team in Columbus seems imminent.

The XFL is coming to the StubHub Center. - LAG Confidential
The field at the StubHub Center is going to start looking crappy before long.