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Big D Daily: News for Monday, December 23, 2019

Have you done all of your Christmas shopping yet?

MLS: Eastern Conference Championship-Columbus Crew at Toronto FC Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The week of Christmas is here folks as we get our last minute shopping done before Wednesday.

(Just a bit of a programming note, we’ll be taking the next two days off from the morning links to spend with family. Merry Christmas!)

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas will have the toughest start to the season in recent memory - Big D Soccer
More away games than home games to kick off 2020 could lead to an interesting start.

Quick Burns: Who was FC Dallas’ top player of the decade? - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas has had a lot of talent come through the doors this last decade, but who was the best?

FC Dallas announces 2020 Preseason Schedule - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas will head to Florida and California during the preseason.

Transfer Rumor: FC Dallas is interested in a Georgian winger - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas is linked to another wing player this offseason.

Two Sport Phenom: Academy Product Tanner Tessmann Heads to Clemson | FC Dallas
I know a lot of folks (myself included) were hoping Tessmann was going to get a HGP deal this offseason but it looks like that will go on hold for a while. Good for him though.

// MLS //

The top 5 biggest transfers of the MLS offseason (so far) |
Teams are splashing the cash this offseason, primarily getting talent from Mexico.

MLS coaching vacancies update: Clock ticking for Chicago, Inter Miami, NYCFC |
It’s far from clear how everything will shake out at this point, but that’s at least a distinct possibility as another week goes by with the coaching jobs at Chicago Fire FC, Inter Miami CF and New York City FC still unfilled.

David Beckham's Inter Miami want Patrick Vieira as head coach - ESPNFC
Inter Miami want to make Patrick Vieira their head coach in time for the start of the Major League Soccer expansion team's 2020 launch season.

Minimalism, empty vessels and FCs galore: American soccer leans into the rebrand | US Soccer Players
With Louisville City backtracking over an unpopular revamp of the club's logo, a look at why American soccer clubs change names and identities.

Kevin Durant meets with Philadelphia Union owners; team doesn't say why | Pro Soccer USA
I think most Philadelphia fans would welcome the idea of a new ownership group right now, even though 2019 was, for the most part, a success.

Columbus Crew's big signing signals new, welcome era | Pro Soccer USA
The Crew look to build towards the 2021 season when they open their new stadium. The Zelarayan signing was just the start.