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

Is it Saturday yet? Seriously.

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

We are getting closer and closer to the weekend’s playoff match for FC Dallas here as they will head out to Seattle later today.

// FC Dallas //

Quick Burns: Who is FC Dallas’ biggest ‘X-Factor’ in the playoffs? - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas needs several players to step up in a big way in the playoffs but which will be the biggest one?

TRAINING TALK: On Their Confidence After Shutting Out The Sounders In Their Last Match | 10.19.19 | FC Dallas
Matt Hedges, Reto Ziegler, and Luchi Gonzalez talk about shutting Seattle out in their last match at CenturyLink Field, how that impacts their confidence heading in to the first playoff match.

Paxton Pomykal rested, ready for FC Dallas: "We know we can count on him 100%" |
Paxton Pomykal rested, ready to make a return for FC Dallas in the playoffs. But does FCD actually need him in Seattle?

After month of setbacks, Paxton Pomykal shakes off knocks for MLS playoffs | Pro Soccer USA
It really sounds like Pomykal was super close to getting a sports hernia type injury there.

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Wiebe: Why your team will (or will not) win MLS Cup in 2019 |
Man, people sure are getting on the Cobra hype train here and for good reason. But that go 4-for-4 on the road is a massive challenge.

Warshaw: Ranking the spines of all 14 MLS playoff teams |
The quality of a team's spine might just be the most important indicator of success in the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs.

MLS Playoffs: The key change that propelled each team to the postseason |
These are the moments that propelled each of the 14 playoff teams to the postseason. FCD's was getting a certain garden snake to be a little ruthless.

Sounders Practice Notes: Getting ready for Dallas - Sounder At Heart
Here are some training notes on Seattle from the other day ahead of Saturday's clash.

MLS Cup Round 1 preview: Everything you need to know | ESPNFC
The MLS Cup playoffs kick off Saturday, with six Round 1 matches getting things underway. Here is a solid breakdown of each series.

MLS needs to fix the Rookie of the Year award | US Soccer Players
The MLS Rookie of the Year award now rewards a rarity in the league, a first year pro player significantly contributing to his club. It really needs to be a U-20 award or something along those lines now.

Being the best in MLS requires lifting the Cup | US Soccer Players
LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic is certainly welcome to his own opinion on the greatest player in MLS history, but that requires winning the MLS Cup.

// USMNT //

ASN article: The Nightmare in Toronto reveals little progress in Berhalter's first year
Canada backed up their claims they'd beat the US while Berhalter's team lacked confidence and desire to get the job done.