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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, December 17, 2019

MLS will welcome Charlotte to the fold today as the next expansion site.

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MLS: Houston Dynamo at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The slow winter weeks continue here as FC Dallas and MLS push through the offseason here. Today we’ll get another expansion team added to the mix while others around the league continue to work on their rosters.

// FC Dallas //

Jesus Ferreira earns US citizenship - Big D Soccer
Though he’s represented the US on a youth level, he hasn’t closed the door on representing Colombia.

Transfer Rumor: North Texas SC signs a Honduran midfielder - Big D Soccer
North Texas SC continues to add young attacking talent this offseason.

Jesus Ferreira Earns U.S. Citizenship and US Men's National Team Eligibility | FC Dallas
2020 will be a big year for Ferreira as he can now play on the international level too.

Luchi Gonzalez Reflects on His First Year Leading FC Dallas | FC Dallas
It seems crazy to me that it has been one year since FCD hired Luchi.

// MLS //

Charlotte to become MLS' 30th franchise for record $325 million | ESPNFC
Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper will spend a record $325 million to bring Major League Soccer's 30th franchise to Charlotte. We will hear more today about this deal.

My MLS best XI of the decade | Bobby Warshaw |
I know you could go about a dozen or more ways with these kinds of lists but I am kind of all on board with this one.

Diego Valeri signs multi-year contract extension with Portland - Stumptown Footy
After some back and forth over a new contract, Valeri is staying put in Portland.

Vancouver Whitecaps Officially Announce Lucas Cavallini - Eighty Six Forever
Vancouver made a big splash in the transfer market, getting a guy they've been after for a while now.

LAFC sign Uruguayan midfielder Francisco Ginella |
LAFC have again turned to Uruguay when scanning the international transfer market, and have reportedly landed midfielder Francisco Ginella.

New England Revolution to sign Polish striker Adam Buksa as designated player – The Athletic (Paywall)
The striker's transfer fee will be the second-highest paid by the club after spending pretty high on DPs in 2019.

Jonathan Spector feeling an urgency to his new scouting role with Atlanta United – The Athletic (Paywall)
Spector was one of those guys that I kind of forgot about after his time in Orlando, so it is good to see him land a role that suits him best.

The early MLS contenders | US Soccer Players
Five candidates to contend in MLS this season starting with the defending champion Seattle Sounders and including LAFC. But the list gets a little weird for me after that.