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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, November 19, 2020

The playoffs are set to begin tomorrow with two Eastern Conference play-in games.

MLS: Minnesota United FC at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The week moves on here as we get closer and closer to the start of the MLS Cup Playoffs. FC Dallas has a couple of more training sessions to get through before heading west for the first time in 2020 to battle Portland. We’ll have more on Sunday’s game coming up here but first, let’s get to some links.

// FC Dallas //

By The Numbers: Portland Timbers vs FC Dallas - Big D Soccer
Taking a sneak peak into the playoff match against the Timbers with some numbers and figures.

How FC Dallas Goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer Flourished Despite a "Crazy" Season | FC Dallas
A lot of well deserved praise for Jimmy here this year as he stepped up into the spotlight and has done very well.

// MLS //

Why LAFC, Philadelphia Union and Portland Timbers need MLS Cup in the worst way | Greg Seltzer |
Interesting to see Portland listed as one of the teams on this kind of story even though they won MLS is Back.

Inter Miami CF's future is bright but Nashville SC are better right now | Steve Zakuani |
In the playoffs, defense tends to stand out a little more than offense, which is why I am takin Nashville to come away with this result.

Austin FC reveal primary jersey before inaugural MLS season in 2021 |
I know some don't like it. Some say it is too basic. Some say it is too close to Atlanta's kit. Whatever. I'm down for Austin look, even the all black back. Its bold and different enough.

2 LAFC players, Diego Rossi, Jose Cifuentes, test positive for COVID-19 - Angels on Parade
It’s another outbreak, albeit abroad this time. But the big story is seeing Rossi being one of the players named in this.

Charlotte FC's plan for MLS success? A vast scouting network | Tom Bogert |
For Charlotte, getting another year to plan and build is probably a really good thing for this group.

MLS club rebrands: A recent history of teams that changed their identities |
Interestingly enough, we don't get FC Dallas on this one list.

Chicago Fire redesigning crest again – The Athletic
Speaking of logos and rebrands, it looks like the Fire are going to change it up yet again.

MLS to trim SuperDraft to three rounds in 2021 – The Athletic
Three rounds still seems like too many these days. I still believe MLS would be better served with a two round draft.

MLS Cup playoff teams could forfeit if COVID outbreaks occur - ESPNFC
MLS teams could be forced to forfeit postseason games and thus exit the MLS Cup playoffs should they have a COVID outbreak. Honestly, at this point, that seems fair.

How Higuain's switch from Juventus to Inter Miami helped him 'get back his love for the game' | ESPNFC
Gonzalo Higuain needed a fresh start to fall back in love with football. He's found that at Inter Miami and now has them poised for a playoff run.