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Big D Daily: News for Friday, November 27, 2020

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Now that the turkey is all gone, it is time to look towards the Seattle game next week.

MLS: FC Dallas at Portland Timbers Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

I hope everyone had a nice and safe Thanksgiving yesterday. I know for me it was good to hang out with family here in town, even if it was a smaller gathering than usual. Now we get to turn our sights towards the next round in the MLS Cup Playoffs for FC Dallas.

// FC Dallas //

Chalkboard: Practical Approach Sees Dallas into Conference Semis - Big D Soccer
Luchi’s more pragmatic approach advances Dallas in the playoffs. But how far will it get them?

FC Dallas Completes Transfer of Pablo Aránguiz to Universidad de Chile - Big D Soccer
The Aranguiz era comes to an end. Hopefully the next DP purchase will actually do something of note here.

Report: Juventus leading chase for FC Dallas' Bryan Reynolds |
This one broke on Wednesday afternoon as the team was heading out for the holiday. Intriguing report to say the least but we do know that FCD is kind of stocked in the fullback position.

FC Dallas taking lessons from 2019 defeat ahead of playoff rematch with Seattle Sounders |
Like we said earlier in the week, this is a revenge tour for the club.

// MLS //

Former USMNT forward Aron Johannsson eyes MLS move after Hammarby success |
I used to want him in MLS but that was like six years ago. Now, it seems like a waste.

After MLS playoffs elimination, now what for the Philadelphia Union? | Tom Bogert |
Philly went from an all-time high a couple of weeks ago, to being back down on earth like they're used to.

MLS Cup playoffs preview: Does home field matter in conference semifinals? | ESPNFC
Home field advantage...I've asked several times this year if that is even real anymore. I definitely don't think it has the same effect. The only thing real about it is the travel for the road team but even that isn’t nearly as bad with the charter flights. FCD will likely leave on Monday for Seattle and travel back immediately after the game there on Tuesday.

Sounders beat LAFC: Brian Schmetzer proves his worth again – The Athletic
Another deeper look at how Seattle dominated their game against LAFC.