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Big D Daily: News for Friday, December 7, 2018

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Happy MLS Cup Eve!

MLS: MLS CUP-Seattle Sounders vs Toronto FC Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

The weekend is finally here and with that is the final game of the year in MLS with Portland and Atlanta squaring off in MLS Cup.

// FC Dallas //

Report: Chris Richards set to join Bayern Munich - Big D Soccer
If anyone thought he was going to end up back in Dallas, you have been mistaken. Still, a nice lump sum of money for FCD on this one.

FC Dallas’ USL club name, logo, GM and first player signing revealed - Big D Soccer
I think the new name is growing on me with each time I type it or read it. I also like seeing how Ricardo Pepi was the first player signed (to a four-year deal nonetheless).

2018 FC Dallas Player Recap: Carlos Gruezo - Big D Soccer
Gruezo had another quietly stellar year in the heart of the midfield.

Five Things to Know About North Texas SC Forward Ricardo Pepi | FC Dallas
This kid is a freak of nature really. He's been playing up in age for a while and has been producing goals left and right. Kind of ironic FCD's USL squad already has a #9.

Matt Denny Brings Life-Long Passion to Role as North Texas Soccer Club General Manager | FC Dallas
He may have been a ticket rep guy for a while Denny will bring plenty of knowledge on how to bring people out to games for the USL side.

// MLS //

Armchair Analyst: Tactical preview of ATLvPOR in MLS Cup final | MLSsoccer.com
I think one Atlanta goal could be enough to break Portland if it is done early enough but the longer Portland hangs around in this one, the better I like their chances.

Outspoken up top: Timbers' Ebobisse on hunger, privilege and MLS Cup run | MLSsoccer.com
Ebobisse's rise for Portland has really been a thing to watch these last few months.

Stejskal: How Portland's Gavin Wilkinson grew into one of MLS's best GMs | MLSsoccer.com
Some folks tend to forget that Wilkinson is even still with the Timbers but he's build some solid clubs.

Eales says Almiron will not be sold for “chump change” - Dirty South Soccer
Will he break the MLS transfer record? I would imagine so.

Diego Chara has never been an MLS All-Star, but he's 'irreplaceable' for Portland | ESPNFC
Overlooked for MLS All-Star teams and Best XIs, Diego Chara has had to settle for being recognized in grocery stores -- and an MLS Cup or two.

Diego Valeri has been a 'game changer' for Portland, MLS - ESPNFC
Portland Timbers boss Giovanni Savarese says Diego Valeri has been a "game changer" not just on the field, but in MLS' recruitment in South America.

MLS Cup: Atlanta United's Nagbe ready to face old team, Portland | Pro Soccer USA
This feels like the one storyline that few are talking about going into tomorrow's game.

Ownership announces plans for new Crew SC stadium in Confluence Village - Massive Report
The Black & Gold are heading downtown in what looks like a nice stadium for them.

Jordan Morris signs long-term extension - Sounder At Heart
The Athletic first reported that Morris has already signed a five-year deal that will average out to about $1 million a year.