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

Everything to play for as FC Dallas looks for playoff glory in Seattle.

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

FC Dallas is in Washington as they look to surprise MLS and pick up a rare road win in Seattle.

// FC Dallas //

Who should start for FC Dallas against the Seattle Sounders? - Big D Soccer
The last time out of an international break didn’t go so well for FC Dallas. Time to sort out who needs to start tomorrow afternoon and who does not.

In a New Era, Michael Barrios Remains a Constant While Experiencing Something New | FC Dallas
Mikey has been one of those guys for FCD over the years that you can rely on more than most.

FC Dallas reaping benefits of improved youth development: "There's more confidence" |
There have been a lot of duds come out of the academy and into a HGP slot over the years but things have just gotten better and better as time has gone on.

Can FC Dallas overcome their struggles in Seattle? - ESPNFC
Taylor Twellman questions if FC Dallas can win at CenturyLink Field for the first time since 2011.

'Why not us?' FC Dallas prepared to take on Seattle | Pro Soccer USA
FC Dallas has a history of struggles, especially on the road and in the MLS Cup playoffs, against the Seattle Sounders.

// MLS //

Armchair Analyst: What you need to know about the Western Conference playoff teams |
The one-off games make things drastically different in the playoffs now. Win or go home. Do or die.

Warshaw: These are the true difference-makers for every MLS Cup Playoff team |
Good to see Barrios get the shout here for FCD as the difference maker. He was really my vote for the guy that would get them into the playoffs.

Ike Opara named MLS Defender of the Year for 2019 - E Pluribus Loonum
No disagreements from me on this one. For me it was him or Walker Zimmerman this season.

Wiebe: Why your team will (or will not) win MLS Cup in 2019 |
Each of the playoff teams have a shot at winning it all but as we all know most will not in the end walk away with the MLS Cup.

DSS 2019 MLS Cup Playoff Roundtable: Eastern Conference - Dirty South Soccer
Our pals in Atlanta go in depth on an Eastern Conference preview.

Playoff logs: The new playoff format makes this a different kind of postseason - Stumptown Footy
The Portland Timbers are back in the playoffs. But the tweaks to the playoff format will impact how they navigate the postseason this time around.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic on future: If I leave MLS you will have less to write about | ESPNFC
LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has joked that the media will have nothing to write if he decides to leave Major League Soccer.