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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, February 20, 2019

FC Dallas has another preseason tuneup today.

MLS: Mobile Mini Sun Cup-FC Dallas at Seattle Sounders Jacob Snow-USA TODAY Sports

Who is ready for another game today, huh? I know I’m gearing for it but there are a few items to discuss before we get into this afternoon’s match.

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FC Dallas vs Real Salt Lake: Preseason Preview - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas looks to get closer to full strength with another preseason tune up.

WATCH: Paxton Pomykal Gives You a Look at Players' Preseason Routines | FC Dallas
What does the preseason look like for a young player? Paxton gives you a look.

FCD Academy Graduate Hector Montalvo Looking to Re-Invigorate his Career with Hometown Club | FC Dallas
And we'll say it again, this is why having NTSC is so important for FC Dallas. Can't help but imagine what it would be like had they done this four or five years ago.

FC Dallas and HEINEKEN USA Announce Exclusive Partnership | FC Dallas
Yay? I'm sure there are some people out there that will be thrilled about this.

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DaMarcus Beasley Lifts Houston Dynamo to Late Win Over Guastatoya - Dynamo Theory
DaMarcus Beasley played hero as his late goal lifted the Houston Dynamo to a 1-0 away win against Guastatoya in leg 1 of CCL

Recap & highlights: Independiente 4-0 Toronto FC - Waking The Red
A massacre in La Chorrera for Toronto as they looked nothing like themselves here.

Wiebe: Yet again, free space is disappointment in Concacaf Champions League |
Toronto shoved a large slice of humble pie last night in the CCL.

Darlington Nagbe back in training; says he’s happy in Atlanta - Dirty South Soccer
The weird Nagbe saga appears to be moving toward a happy ending at least for the Atlanta side of it.

Stejskal: Colorado Rapids sign Kellyn Acosta to new three-year contract |
Our boy Kellyn is getting paid but I can't help but feel a bit ticked that the Rapids denied his potential move to Europe earlier this winter that would have probably led him to more money.

Stejskal: Toronto FC hope to have Alejandro Pozuelo answer within a week |
After last night, they need someone like Pozuelo more than ever.

What to expect from Ibrahimovic, Rooney and MLS' superstar DPs in 2019 | ESPNFC
The 2018 season might have been the best yet for MLS' designated players, but Wayne Rooney & Co. might exceed that elevated threshold in 2019.

Portland Timbers 'moving on' from pursuit of Tigres Eduardo Vargas - ESPNFC
The Timbers' bid for Vargas was thought to include a transfer fee just under $10 million, but it looks like it was a little south of that and they're moving on.