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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, January 24, 2019

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The first preseason scrimmage is right around the corner for FC Dallas.

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The week inches closer to the weekend here as FC Dallas continues their first week of training under Luchi Gonzalez.

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Five FC Dallas roster battles to watch in preseason - Big D Soccer
Time once again to bust out the ol’ preseason battles discussion. This year there are certainly a few good ones.

TRAINING TALK: Jacori Hayes on the Opening Days of Preseason 2019 | FC Dallas
Hayes knows a thing or two about needing to prove himself in camp.

Youth movement at Gonzalez's FC Dallas? Homegrowns know "nothing is given" | MLSsoccer.com
Everything has to be earned with Luchi Gonzalez. And there is nothing wrong with that.

Luchi Gonzalez gives hints of FC Dallas' evolving identity in preseason | MLSsoccer.com
A lot of things seem well thought out so far by Luchi, which is very promising to see.

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Toronto FC trade Nick Hagglund to FC Cincinnati - Waking The Red
Toronto comes away with a bit of a steal in this deal. A lot of allocation ($300k) and the top spot in the allocation order to sign someone with. Man.

Report: Toronto FC actively shopping Gregory van der Wiel after altercation - Waking The Red
Van der Wiel is on his way home after an incident with Greg Vanney in training.

MLS Cup or bust for DC United in 2019, says Wayne Rooney | MLSsoccer.com
DCU had a great run with all the home games last summer but with a more balanced schedule in 2019, they may find things differently.

Columbus Crew open 2019 preseason with spirited first practice - Massive Report
The Black & Gold are back on the field and preparing for the new season under Caleb Porter.

Seattle Sounders aim to shed slow start reputation in 2019 | MLSsoccer.com
Starting slow has worked out well for teams like Seattle and even LA in the past. In this league it is always about how you finish.

Portland Timbers pursuing Tigres striker Julian Quinones - ESPNFC
Quinones, a Colombia youth international, joins a list that includes Argentine striker Ezequiel Ponce and one another target for the Timbers.

Who is new Vancouver Whitecaps signing Lass Bangoura? - Eighty Six Forever
Bangoura was once a Real Madrid target but now he is coming to Vancouver.