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Big D Daily: News for Monday, November 16, 2020

Just a few more days until the playoffs kick off in MLS.

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

The weekend is over here as we begin a new week and a march towards the playoffs here. FC Dallas has been busy at work, getting ready for this Sunday’s clash with the Timbers.

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"They knocked us out here. We want to return the favor." | FC Dallas
FC Dallas has had issues in the past with Portland in the playoffs, now it is time to get that revenge.

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Armchair Analyst: One worry for each of the 18 MLS playoff teams | MLSsoccer.com
Naturally the attack is the big concern for FC Dallas going into this weekend's playoff game in Portland. But the Timbers have similar concerns as well.

Houston Dynamo tease new identity & philosophy, announcement set for Tuesday | MLSsoccer.com
A new look Dynamo is set to be revealed tomorrow. We've seen the rumors that it is basically just added FC to the end of their name and giving them a new, darker logo.

Picking the 25 Greatest players in MLS history | Andrew Wiebe | MLSsoccer.com
I sort of forgot this was the 25th year again. Pretty cool to take a trip down memory lane like this though.

LA Galaxy say they’ve heard from many interested head coach candidates - LAG Confidential
Who LA gets is going to be one of those top offseason storylines in MLS.

Major League Soccer aiming for March start to 2021 season | ESPNFC
Starting the next year in March seems ambitious but with the amount of possible international tournaments going on next year, the early start is probably the right thing. Big question will be if the league continues the regional-type calendars that they kept early on to reduce travel.

Real Salt Lake offseason in limbo until buyer is found – The Athletic ($)
RSL needs big additions up top, but a long-term solution might not be forthcoming until Dell Loy Hansen sells the club.

MLS playoffs: international call-ups will keep stars out – The Athletic ($)
This is certainly going to be an interesting opening round weekend in MLS as players return from international duty.

Valuing goalkeepers in MLS | US Soccer Players
MLS went with a longer shortlist for league Most Valuable Player that includes Philadelphia goalkeeper Andre Blake and a dilemma for voters.