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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, January 29, 2020

FC Dallas is back out on the field this afternoon for their first official match of 2020.

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It is nearly game time again here for FC Dallas as the preseason moves into scrimmage mode today with our club taking on two different teams (OKC Energy and NTX Rayados).

// FC Dallas //

Five roster battles to watch for in FC Dallas preseason camp - Big D Soccer
The preseason is a week old now but there are still some roster battles to discuss.

Celebrate FC Dallas' 25th Anniversary with Fireworks On and Off the Field | FC Dallas
FCD is putting on some fireworks again after some games this season.

// MLS //

MLS Preseason 2020: Montreal Impact top D.C. United 3-1 for first win under Thierry Henry |
The Montreal Impact defeated D.C. United 3-1 in the first 2020 preseason game for both teams. It was also the Impact's first win under new head coach Thierry Henry.

Julian Gressel: I've never thought of myself as lesser than Atlanta United's stars |
Julian Gressel talked to Extratime about his best position and what happened in the final days of his time with Atlanta United.

Report: Atlanta United finalize Tito Villalba transfer to Club Libertad - Dirty South Soccer
Is there going to be anyone left in Atlanta for 2020? Seriously though, they've oddly gutted a core of their roster this winter.

January transfer window deadline: Which MLS players could be on the move to Europe? |
First name on this list is Reggie Cannon, who we all kind of expect to leave Dallas at some point in 2020.

Ronny Deila's goals at New York City FC? Bringing 'heavy-metal football' to MLS and maybe a striptease too | ESPNFC
If he can bring "heavy-metal" football to Yankee Stadium, new manager Ronny Deila could be treating New York City FC to a striptease come November. Oh boy.

‘It’s vital to the growth of the game’: Jeff Larentowicz navigates limited MLS free agency as players fight to expand it – The Athletic (Paywall)
The free agency fight in the CBA discussions is going to be a hot button issue again for the players.

San Jose Earthquakes welcome Mexican international Oswaldo Alanís on TAM deal | Pro Soccer USA
The San Jose Earthquakes completed a one-year loan deal for Mexico international centerback Oswaldo Alanís using TAM that could be extended.

Orlando City confident heavy South American influence can help Lions reach playoffs in 2020 | Pro Soccer USA
We always expected the same here in Dallas when Oscar was in charge.