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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, January 17, 2019

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The preseason is so close we can taste it.

MLS: Atlanta United FC at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The week is nearly up as we’re inching closer and closer to FC Dallas (and the rest of MLS) returning to the practice fields.

// FC Dallas //

How will adding Austin FC will affect FC Dallas and the Texas Derby? - Big D Soccer
Austin FC is here whether we like it or not. But it does bring another drive-able team for fans to travel to.

Rumor: Antonio Romero linked with FC Dallas - Big D Soccer
Is FCD about to add another Venezuelan to it’s roster? We dive into the latest rumor about one here.

How a Chance Encounter in Arizona Led Assistant Coach Mikey Varas to Texas and Luchi Gonzalez's Staff | FC Dallas
Some have asked how Mikey Varas will fit as a first team assistant coach, this should give you a good background on him.

// MLS //

Josef Martinez signs long-term contract extension with Atlanta United - Dirty South Soccer
Martinez has it damn good in Atlanta and has certainly earned this kind of extension.

Josef Martinez happy to commit to ATL via extension: "This is my Barcelona" | MLSsoccer.com
Hearing him say things like that about Atlanta is kind of cool to see a player do.

Stejskal: San Jose GM Jesse Fioranelli out to make up for forgettable 2018 | MLSsoccer.com
Their head coach hiring should certainly help erase their last couple of seasons but that roster still has a ways to go.

After Austin's weird journey to MLS, the hard work to build a team, stadium and fanbase begins now | ESPNFC
The buzz will still be there in a couple of years but they have to make sure everything is damn near perfect to keep it that way.

Precourt: Austin "highly motivated" to build club, culture from ground up | MLSsoccer.com
They're expansion team, but they're also not. Whatever, they'll have to start from scratch and that is fine with me.

Rumored MNUFC target Agustín Rossi accused of domestic violence - E Pluribus Loonum
The allegations against the goalkeeper are widely known in Argentina.

Yangel Herrera loaned to La Liga's last-place Huesca | Pro Soccer USA
I have a feeling that NYCFC will struggle a lot this season after losing guys like Herrera.

Ranking the remaining MLS expansion candidates | Goal.com

The only change I would make to this list is swapping #2 and #3 and maybe bump Las Vegas up a little higher too.