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Big D Daily: News for Friday, April 19, 2019

MLS announced some pretty big news on Thursday evening.

MLS: Portland Timbers at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The week is finally coming to a close with FC Dallas going to Atlanta for this weekend’s game.

// FC Dallas //

Who should start for FC Dallas against Atlanta United? - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas hits the road again as they take on the defending MLS Cup Champions.

Paxton Pomykal, Jake Rhine Carrying the Past, Present and Future of No. 19 for FC Dallas | FC Dallas
I really do enjoy stories like this and how FCD is carrying on a legacy with the #19.

TOURNAMENT WEEK: U-14s Eliminated, U-17s Win, and Weather Delays | FC Dallas
The weather played a factor yesterday for the games out there but the U17s got a nice win in the GA Cup.

Frank de Boer sees connections between FC Dallas and Ajax academies | MLSsoccer.com
That is some high praise on what FC Dallas is doing in the academy system.

In-form FC Dallas to be tested by reigning MLS champs | MLSsoccer.com
The road is going to be a massive test for Luchi's squad. A win in Atlanta will help push them though.

// MLS //

MLS announces plans to expand to 30 teams | MLSsoccer.com
They're not going to just stop at 30 teams. That we can all probably agree on to some degree. But seeing that St. Louis and Sacramento are close to joining is positive news.

MLS announces expansion plans to 30 teams fee will be 200 million dollars | ESPNFC
Seeing that expansion fee hit $200 million is crazy when you think that David Beckham got a team for $25 million.

MLS clubs to seek training compensation claims and solidarity payments | MLSsoccer.com
Finally MLS is catching on to something that every club should be doing.

What does adoption of training compensation, solidarity payments mean for MLS? | ESPNFC
With MLS clubs now able to collect training compensation and solidarity payments, which could be huge for FC Dallas.

MLS clubs to receive solidarity payments after league agrees to follow FIFA rule | ESPNFC
MLS clubs will be compensated for the costs of developing players from its youth academies who sign their first pro contract with foreign clubs.

Talking Tactics: How Frank de Boer won the tactical battle in Atlanta United’s 2-0 win - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta United’s manager played a big part in their win over New England last week, here is a solid breakdown of what he did.

5 reactions from LAFC’s 1-0 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps - Angels on Parade
LAFC folks are still trying to figure out what went wrong in Vancouver on Wednesday night.

MLS W2W4: Rooney looks to channel Tiger vs. NYCFC; can NYRB stop the bleeding? | ESPNFC
This should be a pretty fun weekend in MLS with Houston and LA battling it out, and DCU going up against a winless NYCFC team.

GA Cup: History is made as Seattle Sounders reach Champions Division final | MLSsoccer.com
Even though FCD stumbled out of the GA Cup title bracket, it is good to see a MLS club going after it.