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Big D Daily: News for Friday, February 23, 2018

Two more MLS sides battle in the Champions League.

MLS: Real Salt Lake vs. Orlando City SC Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The preseason is coming to a close around MLS as the season approaches next week.

// FC Dallas //

Kellyn Acosta undergoes successful sports hernia surgery - Big D Soccer
I think it is probably best this happened now and not in the summer.

Talking Points: FC Dallas loses to Tauro FC 1-0 - Big D Soccer
In a lot of ways, Wednesday night felt like a game we watched one too many times in 2017.

Three things we learned about FC Dallas against Tauro FC - Big D Soccer
Who is Oscar Pareja stuck on more: Maynor Figueroa or Tesho Akindele?

WHAT WE LEARNED: Three Takeaways from FC Dallas' Leg One Loss Against Tauro FC | FC Dallas
There are a lot of good notes and clips in this one to take in. Tauro got a cheap goal and the rest was really Dallas looking rusty.

FC Dallas 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more |
If you need a good, quick guide to FCD before the season begins next week, this is a good place to start.

// MLS //

Five key takeaways from CCL openers for Sounders, Red Bulls |
Both teams came away with something on Thursday night (New York more than Seattle), but each still have a lot of work to do next week.

Warshaw: What I think, fear and want for MLS in 2018 |
Our old pal Bobby checks in with some interesting notes for the upcoming season.

Sounders fall behind in El Salvador - Sounder At Heart
Jordan Morris' injury situation looks pretty bad for Seattle right now.

NYCFC's Patrick Vieira wants to sign RSL's Albert Rusnak - ESPNFC
He wants the RSL DP but he probably won't be able to trade for him.

ESPN reporting NYCFC wants Rusnak is just baseless rumor - RSL Soapbox
Gotta love it when the local blog is able to breakdown the rumor and basically call it out on how bad it is.

Stejskal: Tim Parker requested trade from Vancouver over contract dispute |
That is a heavy price for Parker, one that Vancouver should have worked out. Now they stand the risk of losing him for free in the transfer window next year.

Tim Parker: Should he stay or should he go? - Eighty Six Forever
I think if I were Vancouver, I would go ahead and make the move and collect the money.

Targeted Allocation Money is great for MLS, but maybe not for domestic players | FourFourTwo
Increased funds are attracting more international talent, but some team officials are concerned about the effect on young domestic players.