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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, December 19, 2019

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MLS: New York City FC at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

We’re getting down to the final days of the year here as the 2020 season seems so close and yet so far away.

// FC Dallas //

U-19 Boys Prepare for Upcoming Tournaments Through the New Year | FC Dallas
The U-19 side will be pretty busy over the next few weeks and even more so in the new year.

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Columbus Crew to sign Argentinean playmaker Lucas Zelarayan - Massive Report
The Black & Gold have found their Federico Higuain replacement and will be yet another team this winter breaking the bank to do so.

MLS Charlotte expansion 'a historic day for the Queen City' | Pro Soccer USA
I still really hope they go with a cool name like Queen City FC or something along those lines.

Charlotte fans celebrate MLS arrival, chance to further unite their diverse city |
Charlotte has already taken to MLS pretty well here as they celebrate getting a team.

How Nashville SC and Inter Miami are illustrating the different ways to build an MLS roster from scratch – The Athletic (Paywall)
The two clubs set to begin play in 2020 are both trying to balance their roster needs with a tricky market for expansion sides. I still can't get over how Miami has that much cash left to spend and still no head coach.

Orlando City Close to Acquisition of Brazilian Center Back Antônio Carlos - The Mane Land
This looks like another Oscar Pareja type player from South America to me.

Report: Houston Dynamo close to bringing back veteran defender Maynor Figueroa - Dynamo Theory
Our old friend Maynor looks to be sticking around Houston for another season.

Joe Mansueto on Chicago Fire FC's coach, GM search: We don’t have much time |
Amid a change-filled offseason, Chicago Fire FC remain without a head coach and general manager just over 10 weeks out from their March 1 opener at the Seattle Sounders. That is insane to me.

Chicago Fire to make ex-FC Basel exec Georg Heitz sporting director | ESPNFC
The Chicago Fire are set to hire former FC Basel sporting director Georg Heitz for the same job. So at least they're close on one thing.

Valeri and Bradley stay put | US Soccer Players
Diego Valeri agreed to a new deal with Portland and Michael Bradley chose to stay in Toronto with both players leaving money for other signings.