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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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From Houston’s rebrand to more MLS awards, it was a busy day yesterday across MLS.

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

Things are really heating up around MLS as the playoffs draw near this weekend. Yesterday, FC Dallas manager Luchi Gonzalez told reporters on a video call that the team is close to full strength in terms of injuries, which is great to hear.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas coach Luchi Gonzale: We don't mind underdog role for playoff match with Portland Timbers |
Dallas have the underdog feel going into Sunday's game. Luchi discussed how a lot of people have already made their minds up about this matchup.

Fort Worth Councilman pitches $150 million soccer complex | Fort Worth Star-Telegram
A USL team in Fort Worth wouldn't be a terrible idea. Part of me would still like FC Dallas to move North Texas out there but I know that may be a stretch.

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Seven players who could break out in the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs | Greg Seltzer |
With the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs approaching, several players have a strong chance for a breakout performance on the big stage.

Zimmerman, Nagbe and more: The best trades of the 2020 MLS season | Tom Bogert |
From Walker Zimmerman to Darlington Nagbe and everything in between, here are the best trades of the 2020 MLS season.

Ken Griffey Jr. joins Sounders ownership group - Sounder At Heart
The 90s kid in me is super excited by this one for Seattle.

Houston Dynamo FC: A new vision and brand identity for Houston's MLS, NWSL clubs |
I can't decide if it is a baseball logo or a fire station logo. They kind of both look the part here. While I don't mind the hexagon shape, what is going on with that weird little lightening bolt?

Inside the Houston Dash and Dynamo rebrand – The Athletic
Putting the Dynamo and Dash on equal footing and tying the organization to the local community more deeply are key aspects of the shift.

Dynamo president: Rebrand all about "deeper connection with the city" |
Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash president John Walker explains that the new club rebrand is more than just a new crest and a new name: The clubs are starting a new chapter.

Jim Curtin named 2020 MLS Coach of the Year - Brotherly Game
Curtin beat out Oscar Pareja for the honor for the first time in his career.

MLS to charter flights for players on international duty to sidestep quarantine - ESPNFC
This could be interesting for the Dallas game as Portland has a couple of guys out on international duty. I will say, I do think it is good that MLS is trying to do something here to get each club their players back quicker.

MLS Cup playoffs begin as COVID-19 cases spike: Will postseason be finished safely outside a bubble? | ESPNFC
As COVID-19 cases surge across the country, can MLS get through the playoffs without a team having to forfeit because of positive tests? That's a huge question when the USL leagues couldn't finish their title games.

Chris Wondolowski: MLS' record scorer's untold stories – The Athletic
I know some may not like Wondo but damn he is fun to watch.