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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Champions League run begins tonight!

The 2018 campaign begins tonight in Panama for FC Dallas as they take on Tauro FC.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas vs Tauro FC: Preview, TV schedule and how to watch online - Big D Soccer
The season is finally here as FC Dallas begins their Champions League campaign tonight in Panama.

Quick Burns: Final preseason thoughts for FC Dallas - Big D Soccer
The preseason has come to a close and now it is time for FC Dallas to get down to business but first our staff has a few final thoughts.

2018 CONCACAF Champions League: Round of 16 Preview - Big D Soccer
What teams will advance to the quarterfinals? Will it be all Liga MX and MLS? Or will there be any surprises?

SIGNING NIGHT: Keep moving forward, Brayan Padilla | FC Dallas
I know some of you wondered why FCD didn't look at Padilla as a HGP this offseason, but I think a a couple seasons at Maryland will do him some good.

Kellyn Acosta stays back as team travels to Panama; Matt Hedges makes a transition | Dallas Morning News
So no Kellyn tonight, which is probably for the best. Do you go with Victor Ulloa or Jacori Hayes?

// MLS //

Boehm: Toronto FC are MLS’s best CCL hope in years… but Tigres await |
I know it was against Colorado (a team clearly in some transition) but TFC looked damn good last night.

Colorado Rapids 0-2 Toronto FC: Giovinco powers Reds to victory - Waking The Red
TFC came away with two away goals from a chilly night in Colorado.

CCL Leg 1 Game Recap: Toronto FC 2, Colorado Rapids 0 - Burgundy Wave
Colorado had their chances but they couldn't do a darn thing with them.

Tyler Adams ready for bigger role as New York Red Bulls young star |
Tyler Adams is still just 19, but after his breakout 2017, he is ready to be a figurehead for the revamped Red Bulls.

Official: Sporting KC signs Evans - The Blue Testament
I like this move a lot for SKC. Solid defender with a lot of experience.

Official: Orlando City Signs Center Back Lamine Sané - The Mane Land
Is this the last addition that puts Orlando over the top? Time will tell.

Stejskal: Andre Horta to be LAFC's third DP, Tristan Blackmon set to sign |
LAFC has been doing some interesting work and Horta could be a nice cap on a solid offseason.

Report: LAFC to add Andre Horta, four others to roster - Angels on Parade
And here is a little more on LAFC rounding out their roster.

Can the LA Galaxy rebound after a catastrophic 2017? - LAG Confidential
Their offense should be better this season than last but it all comes down to how that defensive group is.

German giants Schalke 04 sign Atlanta academy product Zyen Jones |
Once again Schalke snatch up a big time prospect from a MLS side.

2018 MLS Western Conference Preview - Big D Soccer
Who will be the kings of the West? There are a lot of new faces around the conference.