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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, October 15, 2019

MLS award season is underway as the league announces who the finalist are.

MLS: Sporting Kansas City at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

We’re inching closer and closer towards the start of the playoffs this weekend but first we have some items to discuss this morning.

// FC Dallas //

ACADEMY: Results from the Weekend of October 12th | FC Dallas
The U17 and U15s were in Colorado for the GA Cup qualifying over the weekend.

FC Dallas taking Kick Childhood Cancer captain to playoff game in Seattle |
FC Dallas will aim to get good luck from their Kick Childhood Cancer kid captain, 10-year-old Brynn Moore, who will join them for their MLS Cup Playoffs game against the Seattle Sounders.

FC Dallas: Brandon Servania emerges as key piece in midfield | Pro Soccer USA
Brandon Servania started slowly in 2019, but he has become a key cog centrally for FC Dallas as the team heads into the MLS Cup playoffs.

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MLS 2019 year-end awards finalists revealed; Ibrahimovic, Vela, Martinez up for MVP |
No shocker that there weren't any FCD players listed on this.

Bogert: Ranking playoff teams most under pressure |
Hard to argue that FCD has little pressure on themselves here in the playoffs to do anything big but a win would certainly ramp things up a bit.

Warshaw: Rating the 2019 MLS awards finalists |
Warshaw breaks down how he feels the awards could end up going this fall.

How Minnesota United rose from doormat to MLS Cup contender | ESPNFC
In its third year in MLS, Minnesota United is a dark-horse pick to lift MLS Cup, under the leadership of Ozzie Alonso, who's done it once before.

NYCFC and the value of soccer-specificity | US Soccer Players
Schedule conflicts with the New York Yankees may mean NYCFC will need alternatives for more than just the Eastern Conference semifinal.

Chicago Fire GM Nelson Rodriguez: 'Something in our environment just isn't right' | Pro Soccer USA
Chicago Fire general manager and president Nelson Rodriguez said the environment around the team needs to improve while updating the state of the club.