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Big D Daily: News for Friday, January 18, 2019

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Only a few more sleeps until the preseason begins!

MLS: Houston Dynamo at FC Dallas Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The offseason is nearly over here in Dallas as the boys will get back to work early next week.

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Who has the best season ticket prices in MLS? - Big D Soccer
Who’s got the best deals in the league? We try not to be homers here but FCD's ticket pricing is easily the best in the league.

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Report: Are FC Barcelona targeting LAFC star Carlos Vela? | MLSsoccer.com
Vela would be a huge loss for LAFC if this goes through but for MLS to be able to sell a player to Barcelona would be pretty cool too.

Wiebe: The future of MLS will be clubs that sell as well as they buy | MLSsoccer.com
This seems to be the million dollar (or 30 million in some cases) question. MLS is a selling league at heart but the clubs have to find a way to improve their image on the global scale.

Boehm: Meet Alan Koch, FC Cincinnati’s globetrotting coach | MLSsoccer.com
Koch appears to be the right guy to lead Cincy in this expansion year but I do wonder how long they'll keep him if they struggle.

MLS Hot Stove: Will Almiron leave Atlanta? Is Vela going to Barca? What's next for Gio in LA? | ESPNFC
There is a ton to unpack in this one from what Atlanta has to do before March, to whether or not the Galaxy will buy down one of their DPs.

D.C. United extend Ben Olsen’s contract until 2021 - Black And Red United
The longest tenured manager in team history gets two more years on his contract, which is something no one say coming this time last year.

Urruti ready to play No. 9 again in Montreal, believes Piatti will help him | MLSsoccer.com
Maxi got a big new deal in Montreal that is paid via TAM. Now he waits to see where on the field he'll play.

Rumor: Tito Villalba at the top of Club America’s transfer wishlist - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta wants to keep the band together for a CCL run but it won't be easy with offers like this potentially on the table.

Zulily unveiled as new sponsor of Sounders, Reign - Sounder At Heart
It is going to be super weird not seeing Xbox on the Sounders kits this year. But good for them for going local and getting more money out of it.