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Big D Daily: News for Friday, November 20, 2020

The playoffs are here and I think we’re all ready for it.

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MLS: Portland Timbers at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

After almost two weeks off, FC Dallas is going to get back on the field Sunday night as they begin their MLS Cup Playoff journey when they take on the Portland Timbers.

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Quick Burns: Who needs a big outing in the playoffs for FC Dallas? - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas is firmly the underdog going into Sunday’s game at Portland, but who can step up and carry them through to the next round? We have a few suggestions.

Five Fun Playoff Stats Ahead of FC Dallas' First-Round Match | FC Dallas
The one item here that is worth mention is that Portland defense at home number. That could bode well for FC Dallas.

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Bandwagon guide to the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs: Who to root for and why |
The reasons for jumping on the FCD bandwagon are pretty sound.

Armchair Analyst: What 2020 meant in MLS, club-by-club |
Matt Doyle gives a comprehensive overview of each MLS club's 2020 season as the regular season and playoff campaign comes to a close.

Major League Soccer launches enhanced data broadcast for Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs |
This data broadcast may be more intriguing to watch than the regular one for some games.

The biggest contract, loan decisions to watch for this MLS offseason | Tom Bogert |
There are a lot of big roster decisions looming out there for the various MLS clubs.

Exclusive: Boavista sporting director Admar Lopes explains MLS focus, reveals they have more targets | Tom Bogert |
The connection that Boavista made this summer in MLS certainly caught our eyes and attention here in Dallas.

Sources: Five players to miss Inter Miami’s playoff match vs. Nashville SC due to COVID-19 | SBI Soccer
Another team with a pretty large COVID outbreak on the eve of the playoffs is not what you want to see.

Major League Soccer lays off 20% of full-time staff - ESPNFC
File this under the 'you hate to see it' department. But this is just a sign of the times for most businesses this year, 20% of work staff appears to be about what a lot of places are doing right now.

2020 MLS Cup playoffs preview - Putting depth to the test; a bigger postseason field with bigger upsets? | ESPNFC
Here is a solid breakdown of each playoff matchup and where some upsets can be found.

MLS Playoffs predictions: Who will lift MLS Cup? – The Athletic
The Athletic's MLS writers discuss their picks and whether the record books should list the 2020 champion with an asterisk.

How TFC, Impact made the most of a second bubble – The Athletic ($)
Toronto and Montreal overcame COVID-19 travel restrictions to put forth playoff-worthy campaigns away from home.

The situation in the Eastern Conference | US Soccer Players
Major League Soccer's decision to extend the Eastern Conference playoff field raises the possibility for bigger upsets and looming questions.

Despite ‘weird’ season, Portland Timbers are ready for playoff soccer - Stumptown Footy
MLS and the Portland Timbers have had a strange journey up to this point. Now, Portland just wants to make the most of the playoffs.