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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Now that the international window is over for the US, it is time to focus on the MLS playoffs.

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MLS: FC Dallas at Nashville SC Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The week continues on here as FC Dallas remains hard at work, getting ready for their Sunday evening clash with Portland in the MLS Cup Playoffs. On the other side of the world, the United States men’s national team had themselves a pretty big outing yesterday in Austria.

// FC Dallas //

Three questions for FC Dallas ahead of the 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs - Big D Soccer
Dallas heads into the playoffs with hopes of revenge against Portland in mind but they need to answer some of these questions if they want to make a run.

Why FC Dallas shouldn’t fear the Portland Timbers - Big D Soccer
Portland are deserved favorites, but they’re no juggernaut – FC Dallas has a real shot at an upset.

// MLS // personalities pick the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs |
I see a couple of pundits pick FC Dallas to win at least one game here. I'll take it.

LAFC’s Diego Rossi voted 2020 MLS Young Player of the Year - Angels on Parade
Little surprise the Uruguayan dynamo picked up new award.

Nashville SC brings Moneyball to MLS – The Athletic ($)
Inspired by luminaries in Major League Baseball and the NBA, Jacobs is getting results with a roster many had dismissed.

MLS could take over Real Salt Lake sale in 2021 – The Athletic ($)
You kind of had to figure that MLS would step in if no one would step up to buy this club.

// USMNT //

Armchair Analyst: What we learned from the November US men's national team camp |
The young squad looked pretty decent in their two games this past week. Now it is time to build out from here into 2021.

Four things we learned from the US men's national team's 6-2 win over Panama |
A decisive win over a Concacaf rival is a good thing to see here.

USMNT shows dazzling scoring display in Panama rout - Stars and Stripes FC
Kind of crazy that the US started the second youngest lineup in history. Not only that but it was just the first time since 2011 that it was an all-Euro based lineup too.