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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, November 10, 2020

The playoff date is all set for FC Dallas as they head to Portland in almost two weeks.

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MLS: Colorado Rapids at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

When I realized that FC Dallas’ next game would be nearly two weeks away yesterday, all I could think of was “we’ve waited longer for a game this year”. So, yeah, we’ve done it. The 12 days has nothing on the three months and change we had to deal with earlier in the year. But yeah, it will probably feel just as long.

Okay, time for some morning links.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas Faces Portland Timbers on November 22 - Big D Soccer
Grab some extra coffee to stay up late for this one as FC Dallas got the late game on Sunday, November 22.

// MLS //

Captain America, Medford and a magnet: The story of the Philadelphia Union's Supporters' Shield |
When I saw photos of the Shield yesterday and Sunday night, I kept thinking to myself, that looks photoshopped. Turns out, it was a giant sticker on a Captain America shield being used as a placeholder.

An early look at the 2020 Audi MLS Cup Playoff opening rounds | Steve Zakuani |
With more playoff games this year (thanks rona), there is more to break down and predict.

Dominic Kinnear: LA Galaxy need many roster improvements for 2021 MLS season |
Seeing Dom Kinnear back as the head coach of someone, even if it is interim, feels like MLS of old.

FC Cincinnati planning major changes this offseason as they head into new stadium | Tom Bogert |
Getting a new stadium will go a long way but their roster has so much work to be done on it to make them truly competitive.

Atlanta United eager to forget 2020, get back on top next season | Tom Bogert |
On the other end, you have Atlanta, another team that will want to forget this year as quickly as possible.

Who are the MLS Cup playoff contenders? Philly and Toronto the favorites, Inter Miami the outsiders
And naturally FCD lands somewhere in the middle, towards the bottom. But as the quote says on why they won't win, it comes down to the DPs.

LAFC's Bradley takes inspiration from Dodgers Lakers | ESPNFC
"We saw it in Los Angeles with the Lakers and the Dodgers, some teams with leaders just still at the end have something special," Bradley said.

Vancouver Whitecaps miss playoffs again in difficult 2020 – The Athletic
Vancouver had a pretty up and down year when you really look at it all again. Not getting to play at home for most of the fall didn't help their cause though.

5 MLS teams in contention | US Soccer Players
Points per game altered the MLS standings, but the playoffs are winner takes all from the opening round with five teams already obvious favorites.

‘I didn’t expect to cry’ when the Union won the Supporters’ Shield - Brotherly Game
This is the kind of stuff I am happy to read and see, when longtime fans can feel what we felt back in 2016.