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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The new season is just a couple more days away!!

MLS: Houston Dynamo at FC Dallas Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

We’re inching closer and closer to the new season here as everyone is publishing their season previews here this week.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas signs 25th Homegrown Player Dante Sealy - Big D Soccer
Sealy becomes the second-youngest HGP in club history.

Machine Learning - Preseason Predictions - Big D Soccer
How could this new season go? Let's have a machine predict it.

How Dominique Badji Negotiated a Deal for No. 14 with Jimmy Maurer | FC Dallas
Players love to snag their number and sometimes they end up needing to make a trade for it.

FC Dallas to Honor Fernando Clavijo at 2019 Season Opener vs. New England | FC Dallas
Saturday is going to be great for a number of reasons but celebrating Fernando is at the top of my list.

// MLS //

CONCACAF Champions League: Mauro Manotas Brace Leads Dynamo to CCL Victory - Dynamo Theory
Good for Houston for moving on but their next round opponent won't be so easy.

Recap: Toronto FC bounced from CCL at home - Waking The Red
Toronto's first leg defeat was too much to overcome last night.

Report: Toronto FC to extend Jozy Altidore until 2022 - Waking The Red
Jozy was always said to be done after this year in Toronto for something new but it appears he is sticking around.

Doyle: Why every team can win the Supporters' Shield in 2019 |
I think the Shield race this season is going to be more entertaining this season but there are a few clubs that really do have no chance at the thing.

MLS remains mum on Robert Kraft as graphic affidavits come to light | Pro Soccer USA
Affidavits graphically describe New England Revolution owner Robert Kraft's visits to a Florida spa where he allegedly solicited prostitution. I'm sure MLS is just playing the waiting game right now though until this all shakes out.

MLS Uniforms 2019: The new primary and secondary kits for each team -
A sea of white mixed in with a splash of color.

MLS roster rules are complicated. Here are 6 ways to build a squad. -
Thanks to the league’s complex roster rules, there are a lot of different ways to build a winner. Or a loser.

MLS became a 'selling league' in 2019 with Almiron, Adams and Davies exits | ESPNFC
For years, Major League Soccer has focused on bringing talent in but some high-profile sales this winter might have a bigger impact in the long run.

FiveThirtyEight projections: Favorites for MLS Cup, playoffs and Week 1 |
You want some more odds for the season? Here ya go.

Rumor: Giuseppe Rossi to LA Galaxy? - LAG Confidential
Don't fall for this rumor, don't fall for this rumor.

Ex-Barcelona Chelsea man Ricardo Quaresma not Toronto FC target | ESPNFC
Ricardo Quaresma's salary demands would appear to preclude him from landing with Toronto.