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Big D Daily: News for Monday, December 9, 2019

The offseason continues to hum along nicely.

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MLS: MLS Cup Playoffs-Round One-FC Dallas at Seattle Sounders FC Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

A new week is upon us here as we dive deeper into the offseason. Transfer rumors and news are coming out and we’ll dive into some offseason notes along the way this week.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas Signs McKinney’s Ihab “i9ibbs” Abualneel as Club’s Official eMLS Athlete | FC Dallas
FCD landed a new eMLS start over the weekend.

// MLS //

Sixteen years after Freddy Adu, why 14-year-old pros are no longer an oddity in MLS |
The academy system is certainly miles ahead of where things were when Adu was coming up but teams signing kids this young is still a massive gamble.

Wiebe: My 2020 Concacaf Champions League fever dream bracket |
The CCL for next year will be revealed today and this could be a fun tournament for the five MLS sides.

Armchair Analyst: Which MLS team is most ready for a CCL run? |
All five MLS sides are built drastically different from the next but a couple of them do seem to have the rosters in place for a decent run in this tournament.

Five top players now free agents after MLS Re-Entry process | Charles Boehm |
I do wonder what a Joao Plata would be like in Dallas, even though I know it isn't needed at all.

College Homegrown prospects: Who might MLS teams sign from NCAA game? |
I'd love to see FCD sign Munjoma to a HGP deal this winter, he's been fantastic for SMU this year.

Charlotte nearly assured of MLS team as Nashville season tickets lag; more news from MLS board of governors meeting – The Athletic (PAYWALL)
Local approval for stadium upgrades appear to be all that is standing in Charlotte's way of becoming MLS's 30th team. Interesting that MLS wants that one to join in 2021.

MLS players and their cleats: Answering common questions about footwear with Atlanta United’s equipment manager – The Athletic (PAYWALL)
From sponsor restrictions to what to do with a growing pile of old boots, there's a lot to consider around what pros wear on their feet.

Michael Amir Murillo transferred to Anderlecht, Red Bulls promise to reinvest - Once A Metro
New York continues their offseason roster clean up here with a transfer.

Trying again at Orlando City | US Soccer Players
Orlando City is using ex-FC Dallas personnel to reset their club and expectations with plenty of work for new coach Oscar Pareja in 2020 and beyond.

Is American big money finally warming up to soccer? | US Soccer Players
The money coming into MLS through expansion fees is only one part of the increased interest in buying into American soccer as a product.

Vancouver Whitecaps close in on Canadian striker Lucas Cavallini | Pro Soccer USA
The Vancouver Whitecaps are once again interested in Canadian national team striker Lucas Cavallini.