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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, November 11, 2020

The long break before the playoffs is starting to set in here.

MLS: FC Dallas at Minnesota United FC David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

The midweek is here as we inch closer and closer to the start of the MLS Cup Playoffs here at the end of next week. FC Dallas is in training here as they prepare for their trip out west for the first time this year, to battle Portland.

// FC Dallas //

Three things we learned in FC Dallas’ loss to Minnesota United - Big D Soccer
Dallas stumble, but can they find their feet again once the playoff start in a couple of weeks?

Workhorse of the Week vs Nashville SC and Minnesota United - Big D Soccer
Three points from two away matches is an improvement, even if that game in Minnesota wasn’t what we wanted. Vote for your top player in this final regular season edition of Workhorse of the Week.

// MLS //

Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs: The key player for every team | Greg Seltzer |
I do enjoy the shout for FC Dallas on this list with Ricaurte. When he's been on his game and more involved in the attack, the team is much better for it. That much we know.

Orlando City SC to will host final stages of 2020 Concacaf Champions League at Exploria Stadium |
The Concacaf bubble will head to Orlando, not Houston or LA like what was previously being floating around a couple of weeks back.

Major League Soccer's overachieving and underachieving teams in 2020 |
These are intriguing numbers based on expected goals and what not.

Portland Timbers players Felipe Mora and Andy Polo called up for international duty - Stumptown Footy
Both players will miss the game against Dallas, which is absolutely huge. The Timbers are already a bit thin up top as it is going into the playoffs.

Captain America to the rescue! Philadelphia Union celebrate with fake Supporters' Shield | ESPNFC
I know I mentioned this in another article yesterday but man I really cannot get enough of this story. Way to be creative Philly. Seriously.

The Red Bulls way forward | US Soccer Players
The New York Red Bulls may find success in the postseason, but a playoff run shouldn't mask what the club needs to address for 2021.

The team with the most to lose this offseason | US Soccer Players
The eight teams that missed the 2020 MLS postseason have a few obvious things in common, but some of them have easier answers for what went wrong.

Where does LA Galaxy’s 2020 season rank in club history? - LAG Confidential
Gotta think this was one of the worst, if not the worst, in the Galaxy's history.