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Big D Daily: News for Monday, February 19, 2018

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The preseason is now over for FC Dallas as they begin their Champions League tournament.

MLS: Seattle Sounders FC at FC Dallas Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The preseason is now over and in the books for FC Dallas as they begin their Champions League journey this week before the start of the regular season in March.

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MATCH RECAP: FC Dallas Wins, 2-1, vs. Portland Timbers in Final Preseason Friendly| 02.17.18 | FC Dallas
The first team looks good right now but the injury to Kellyn Acosta is certainly a concern for us all here.

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Seltzer: Takeaways from an action-packed Saturday night of preseason play | MLSsoccer.com
Here is a little more on the injury to Kellyn Acosta. It will now be interesting to see if Victor Ulloa or Jacori Hayes get that starting spot on Wednesday.

Armchair Analyst: Revs rebuild at the back | #MLSIsBack in 13 Days | MLSsoccer.com
New England looked interesting against FCD in preseason play, nothing that really stood out in the end that makes me think they're going to contend in the East.

LAFC nearing a deal for Sporting Braga midfielder Andre Horta - ESPNFC
LAFC is moving closer to securing the services of Portuguese midfielder André Horta, as the club continues to round out their starting XI.

San Jose Earthquakes release Designated Player midfielder Simon Dawkins - Center Line Soccer
Quakes use one-time off-season buyout mechanism to remove Dawkins from the roster, which certainly makes some FCD fans wonder if they'll do the same with someone like Lamah.

Denis Hamlett is glad New York Red Bulls’ Kaku Watch is over - Once A Metro
Kaku is a big get for the Red Bulls as their youth movement is finally getting to a point where they had to get someone like him to justify the moves they've made.

How competing in the Champions League affects MLS performance - Waking The Red
A look at how MLS teams have fared while competing in the CCL at the same time, let's just say it isn't a rosy picture for most.

Black History Month: Giovani dos Santos’ complicated mixed heritage - LAG Confidential
Why are Gio’s black roots ignored? The answer lies in the history books. Really fascinating look into this.