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Big D Daily: News for Friday, January 25, 2019

The first scrimmage of the preseason is nearly here as FC Dallas wraps up their first week back.

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

The first week of the preseason is almost in the books here as FC Dallas wraps things up tomorrow morning with their first scrimmage of the year (against themselves).

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas transfers Chris Richards to Bayern Munich - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas now has nearly $800k in allocation to play with this season as well as money to invest back into the academy.

USL League One: North Texas SC names first head coach - Big D Soccer
Former Dallas Burn player returns to organization in coaching role.

North Texas SC Head Coach Eric Quill Ready to Carry Former Club into New Era | FC Dallas
Quill has had a hand at a lot of youth development in Texas over the years, so this is a nice step up for him.

Why Selling Young Academy Products is Good for the Growth of American Soccer | FC Dallas
MLS isn't just a selling league but FCD needs to be the Ajax or Porto of MLS. This is a move that they are going in that direction.

// MLS //

Official: Atlanta United sign Pity Martinez from River Plate - Dirty South Soccer
Now the rumor has become real as Pity joins a team that is already pretty damn stacked.

Armchair Analyst: The rich get richer as Atlanta United add Pity Martinez |
How do other teams compete with this sort of thing? That is definitely the biggest question out there.

Miguel Herrera: America won't pay 'crazy' fees to MLS for Alejandro 'Kaku' Romero | ESPNFC
America coach Miguel Herrera said his club won't be held ransom over transfer fees in an attempt to sign Alejandro "Kaku" Romero from Red Bulls.

Designated Player logjam for LA Galaxy? "No problem," says Schelotto |
You gotta think LA is working hard to move one of the dos Santos brothers.

Panthers owner in "ongoing discussions" with MLS on Charlotte expansion |
Charlotte has always been an intriguing option for MLS in my mind and these comments help put a spotlight on them again.