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Big D Daily: News for Friday, December 13, 2019

The weekend is here as we’re inching closer to Christmas.

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MLS: Chicago Fire at Philadelphia Union Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The end of the week is here as yesterday we learned when FC Dallas would begin their USOC run. Let’s dive into that and some other items from around the league.

// FC Dallas //

What the new US Open Cup format means for FC Dallas - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas will enter the 2020 tournament a round earlier than in previous years.

"Slow Feet Don't Eat": The Motto that Motivates Fafá Picault | FC Dallas
Picault is going to bring that speed back to the wings that FCD loves to use.

"Slow feet don't eat" – and Fafa Picault expects to eat at new club FC Dallas |
We're either going to love hearing that motto or get sick of it.

// MLS //

Returning to New England, Kelyn Rowe calls Revolution "two different clubs" |
You can't blame Rowe for returning back to New England in the manner that he did. It truly is a night and day different club than the one he left a little over a year ago.

Toronto FC narrowing search for next Designated Player, unlikely to bring Benezet back |
Toronto FC have re-signed captain Michael Bradley, and are now turning their attention to other offseason matters: Signing a new Designated Player and figuring out the rest of the roster.

Sounders transfer rumor: Botafogo expects to receive bid for João Paulo - Sounder At Heart
Seattle hasn't dipped into the Brazilian market that much over the years but this could be interesting.

Orlando City Signs Jordan Bender to Homegrown Player Contract - The Mane Land
That youth movement is already underway with Oscar Pareja and Orlando.

Life after Zlatan: Guillermo Barros Schelotto on reshaping the Galaxy – The Athletic (Paywall)
The former Boca Juniors manager explains the style of play and team identity that he hopes the Galaxy will grow into in 2020. But to be fair, that defense has to get retooled or else they'll be in the same boat next year.

Tenorio: Sporting signed Alan Pulido to keep pace in a changing MLS – The Athletic (Paywall)
The transfer is a challenge to other smaller-market, lower-spending teams: start signing checks or get left behind. More interesting is that FCD isn't listed as a lower-spending team at the bottom of this piece.

Expansion, an All-Star game and MLS affiliates’ evolution among the hot topics at USL winter meetings – The Athletic (Paywall)
With USL deep in offseason mode, reps from every club (and some potential ones) met in Orlando to discuss the usual topics of expansion and the league itself.