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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, February 20, 2018

FC Dallas heads to Panama for a big test to start the year.

It all begins this week for FC Dallas as they are in Panama today, getting ready for their big Champions League match tomorrow against Tauro.

// FC Dallas //

Squad Selection: What does FC Dallas do in their first game of 2018? - Big D Soccer
Oscar Pareja has experimented a lot this preseason but what will his first look be tomorrow night?

FC Dallas Ready for CONCACAF Champions League Test in Panama City vs. Tauro FO | FC Dallas
Tauro will be no pushover tomorrow night but this group looks prepared enough to do this.

FC Dallas U-17 Academy Qualifies for Championship Division in 2018 Generation adidas Cup with Wins in Houston | FC Dallas
The U-17s are moving on o the next stage of the GA Cup.

MONDAY MAILBAG: Formation Options, Winger Depth, Breakout Players and More | FC Dallas
More questions as we move into the week and the talk of a new formation is still very intriguing.

// MLS //

Boehm: Checking in with the MLS quintet as CONCACAF Champions League looms |
The run for MLS teams begins this week, who will move on to the next round out of this group will be interesting to see.

Armchair Analyst: Wondo on the brink of history | #MLSIsBack in 12 Days |
My gut tells me Landon returns to MLS for one more year to extend his lead over Wondo. But in all reality, he'll do it this season.

Sounders interested in acquiring Panamanian CB Roderick Miller - Sounder At Heart
Seattle has done well with one Panama defender...maybe a second will be enough?

Carlos Vela says LAFC looking good but still has plenty to improve | ESPNFC
LAFC attacker Carlos Vela feels his new club is "in a good way" but acknowledged that there is still much work to be done ahead of the season.

MLS-record signing Ezequiel Barco, Carlos Vela headline league's top new imports | ESPNFC
After another offseason of high-profile signings in MLS has people excited.

LA Galaxy fall to San Jose Earthquakes 4-2 in preseason tune-up - LAG Confidential
That Galaxy defense still has a lot of work to do folks.

Chris Wingert officially retires from professional soccer - RSL Soapbox
Another veteran in MLS is hanging up the boots this offseason.

Alan Gordon Is Officially A Preseason Trialist With The Fire - Hot Time In Old Town
The Gordon show is going to the Windy City? Sounds plausible.

Making sense of the booming Atlanta United scarf market - Dirty South Soccer
So people are spending stupid money on thread? Stay real Atlanta folks.