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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, February 14, 2019

A little Valentines Day edition of our links.

Daniel McCullough

FC Dallas is heading to Arizona today to being their final set of preseason games against MLS competition. But first some links to discuss.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas Fans Share Their Soccer Love Stories on Valentine's Day | FC Dallas
Love is in the air today and combining that with the beautiful game is always a good thing.

// MLS //

FC Cincinnati sign Kekuta Manneh, send Columbus up to $400k for rights |
Dang, that is a lot of money for a player's rights but Cincy has been doing this all winter long in building their roster. I do like this move though, provided Manneh can get back to his old self.

Armchair Analyst: A massive mid-preseason MLS mailbag |
A lot of CCL talk in this one along with just a random array of comments on all sorts of things around the league including one FCD comment.

Toronto FC unveil 2019 home kit - Waking The Red
While people are annoyed with the basic white kits this year around MLS, here is a pretty basic red kit for Toronto.

Stejskal: A new force out West? Dynamo feel more balanced after tough 2018 |
The CCL will be a big test for Houston, that much we all know here in Dallas. I could actually see them surprise some folks though in this tournament.

San Jose Earthquakes reveal new primary jersey ahead of 2019 season |
To me, this looks more like a training top than a primary jersey.

Six Degrees: Suddenly, News - Stumptown Footy
Portland is close to pulling off some big money moves this week and their fans are trying to make sense of it all.

Reports: LA Galaxy sign defender Julian Araujo - LAG Confidential
It has been a little while since LA fans have been excited about a Homegrown player and Araujo could be a good one.

Fire, Section 8 Reach New Agreement - Hot Time In Old Town
The months-long boycott of organized support is over but there is still some tension in Chi-town.

MLS, Liga MX more competitive than Europe week-in, week-out - ESPNFC
The former Atlanta manager is adamant that his players need to play regularly, regardless of which club they feature for and where it is.

Matias Almeyda wants to see Copa Libertadores open to MLS Liga MX | ESPNFC
San Jose Earthquakes coach Matias Almeyda would like to see a continental club competition for the whole of the Americas, including teams from MLS. I'm still saying hard pass to this for MLS for right now until proper travel and time can be spent on it.

Orlando City midfielder Sacha Kljestan says Lions are pushing in the right direction | Pro Soccer USA
Remember how Orlando was everyone's darlings this time last year, now they're hoping to just make a positive statement this year.