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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, February 1, 2018

FCD’s kit release is a day away.

MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

A new month is here as FC Dallas heads to Tennessee tomorrow for their first big friendly of the preseason.

// FC Dallas //

Quick Burns: What is your go-to formation this season for FC Dallas? - Big D Soccer
With so many changes, comes plenty of new options for FC Dallas as they enter the 2018 season.

FC Dallas set for preseason tuneups against international competition | Dallas Morning News
The preseason is about to really take off once we hit this weekend and FCD has plenty of matches coming up that will hopefully get this group ready.

FC Dallas Enters Game Phase of 2018 Preseason with First Friendly against Chattanooga FC | FC Dallas
Hopefully Saturday we're able to see more than some rookies and reserves out there too.

YOUTH: Restructuring FCD Rio Grande Valley | FC Dallas
The system continues to grow outside of DFW, and that is a good thing.

// MLS //

Miami finally has an MLS franchise, so what should it be named? | ESPNFC
What to name a new club is always a struggle here in the US. Lots of FCs, SCs, etc. I really hope they find a way to bridge the gap and go different for a change.

How David Beckham finally brought MLS to Miami |
And one last bit of Miami news for this week (at least we think).

Talk of MLS move for Man Utd striker has LA Galaxy star Giovani dos Santos daring to dream |
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is “one of the best strikers in history” and has those at the LA Galaxy daring to dream of a MLS move, says Giovani dos Santos.

Searching for the perfect LA Galaxy kit sponsor - LAG Confidential
LA fans are tired of seeing Herbalife on their kits. I can't say I blame them.

LAFC games to be available locally in English only on YouTube TV - Angels on Parade
Will eschew local TV partner in English for paid streaming service; Games in Spanish will be available on local network.

Sporting KC announces Johnny Russell - The Blue Testament
SKC always seems to find interesting pieces to add to their roster, but will Russell be enough?

Reports: Sporting Kansas City to sign Felipe Gutiérrez - The Blue Testament
While Russell adds to the attack, this piece could make SKC a tough out once again.

Atlanta United’s young attackers should get their chance to shine in 2018 - Dirty South Soccer
Offseason moves have set the likes of Andrew Carleton and Brandon Vazquez up for big minutes.

U.S. forward Rubio Rubin ready for next chapter of stop-start career | ESPNFC
Rubio Rubin's time in Europe didn't help him become a star but the 21-year-old U.S. forward could do well in MLS if given the chance.

Larin's protracted Besiktas move has wide-ranging consequences for MLS | ESPNFC
So many cans of worms opened up with this move. It is kind of a crazy thing when you really think about it.

Warshaw: The potential pitfalls for Eastern Conference contenders |
So many good notes on how teams in the East could stumble this year. I mean it is MLS after all, parity still exists in some ways.