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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The SuperDraft is nearly here, so who are the top prospects?

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MLS: Houston Dynamo at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

It feels a bit crazy to think that the SuperDraft is just two days away but this offseason continues to blow by us here (which is a good thing).

// FC Dallas //

What should FC Dallas’ strategy be for the 2020 MLS SuperDraft? - Big D Soccer
The options for FC Dallas on Thursday aren’t bad, but they also could be better. Either way, there are plenty of things they could do to improve their roster and North Texas SC's.

2020 MLS Mock SuperDraft Roundup | FC Dallas
Mock draft time is here and there are only a couple decent outlets still doing them these days. Basically, it is a crapshoot.

// MLS //

Ronny Deila officially named as NYCFC’s manager - Hudson River Blue
The Norwegian boss has been revealed as the Blues’ new coach after days of speculation. Kind of a 'meh' signing eh?

The top 5 best clubs at the MLS SuperDraft over the past decade | Greg Seltzer |
I think if you've followed the draft enough in the last decade or so, you'll know how well FCD has done in finding good, reliable talent.

Who will Inter Miami CF take at No. 1 in 2020 MLS SuperDraft? |
Inter Miami CF makes its first-ever draft pick on January 9, selecting first overall in the 2020 edition of the MLS SuperDraft. They also have the third overall pick too, which should help.

How European head coaches have fared in contemporary MLS |
I think the easiest way to say it is, 'not great Bob, not great'.

Armchair Analyst: Roster build status for the Eastern Conference ahead of the 2020 season |
As the draft looms on Thursday, here is a good check in on how the Eastern Conference is shaping up.

Why there aren’t more players making the jump from USL to MLS – The Athletic (Paywall)
Transfers from America's second division to the first are scarce, and the unusual nature of the U.S.'s soccer pyramid plays a role in that.

Sources: FC Cincinnati to sign Japan international Yuya Kubo as a designated player – The Athletic (Paywall)
Kubo is set to be the first DP of the Nijkamp era, while the Ohio club still works out what to do with Fanendo Adi.

D.C. United targeting Luka Modric – The Athletic (Paywall)
If signed, the Real Madrid midfielder would become only the fourth Ballon d'Or winner to play in Major League Soccer. I'm a bit shocked LA isn't rumored with him as well at this point.

Reports: D.C. United close to deal for Morelia midfielder Edison Flores - Black And Red United
A current starter for Peru & Morelia is a rather big deal in my book as DCU looks to be another club this offseason that is willing to open the checkbook.

Rumor: Necaxa centerback Fernando Meza headed to Atlanta United? - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta's offseason has been a rather fun one to watch unfold.

Inter Miami surprises by hiring Diego Alonso | US Soccer Players
Inter Miami coach Diego Alonso shows what success in Liga MX and the Concacaf Champions League meant for the expansion team's hiring process.