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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, December 12, 2019

The offseason continues to move along here as we’re getting closer to the holidays.

MLS: Montreal Impact at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The offseason is moving on here as MLS teams continue to make moves as we get closer to Christmas and New Years.

// FC Dallas //

Taking a look at FC Dallas’ offseason to do list - Big D Soccer
They’ve made some solid moves here so far but what is left on the plate before kicking off the new season on Leap Day?

Fafa Picault ready to start new chapter of career with FC Dallas | Pro Soccer USA
After three solid seasons with the Philadelphia Union, Fafa Picault is ready to begin a new chapter of his career with FC Dallas.

// MLS //

What the Cristian Espinoza, Sacha Kljestan deals mean for San Jose Earthquakes, LA Galaxy | Tom Bogert | MLSsoccer.com
I like what Espinoza brought to the Quakes in 2019, so securing his transfer was a wise move.

Alan Pulido: I dream of winning MLS Cup, Golden Boot with Sporting KC | MLSsoccer.com
His goals are pretty lofty but he looks to follow in Carlos Vela's footsteps as a big time scorer in this league.

BREAKING: Toronto FC have reportedly re-signed captain Michael Bradley to TAM contract - Waking The Red
Opening up a DP slot will be huge for TFC in 2020.

MLS announce inaugural adidas MLS College Showcase on Dec 13-15 | MLSsoccer.com
The MLS Combine is out and the new showcase is in. I'm all for it honestly.

From Liverpool to Nashville: How Ian Ayre is applying the lessons learned on Merseyside to the Music City | MLSsoccer.com
Ian Ayre discusses what he hopes to import from Liverpool FC to Nashville SC.

Austin FC's Matthew McConaughey: Soccer in America can take over baseball, hockey | MLSsoccer.com
Austin FC won’t play their first MLS game until the 2021 season, but part owner Matthew McConaughey is already creating some overseas buzz about what the expansion club will bring to Texas.

Beckham's Miami, Nashville and MLS: the pros and cons of expansion | ESPNFC
MLS will have 29 teams by 2022, including Beckham's Miami, but the league must guard against diluting talent while reaping the benefits of growth.

Alan Pulido's choice to pick Sporting Kansas City | US Soccer Players
Alan Pulido's move from Chivas in Liga MX to Sporting Kansas City may seem unlikely, but it points to a new normal for MLS teams in search of players.

MLS expansion: Charlotte mayor pledges $110 million to help land team | Pro Soccer USA
Mayor Vi Lyles closed the letter by inviting Garber to come to Charlotte in December to deliver the announcement of Charlotte “joining the MLS family.”