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Big D Daily: News for Monday, November 30, 2020

One more sleep until FC Dallas plays again.

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

The holiday weekend is over here as FC Dallas is getting set to head back out west for their conference semifinal against Seattle tomorrow night. Hopefully some redemption can be had against the Sounders.

// FC Dallas //

Fafà Picault on Seattle | "We’re not ready for vacation" | FC Dallas
Going with the mentality to not go on vacation just yet is a good mindset to have.

FC Dallas believe defense is up for challenge ahead of matchup with Seattle Sounders attack |
If the Dallas defense steps up like they have at times this season, they could be the bigger x-factor in this game tomorrow night.

FC Dallas using Orlando experience as playoff motivator – The Athletic ($)
I felt that this group had a good chance in Orlando before things went south for them medically back in July. Maybe they have what it takes in them here.

// MLS //

Crew advances in MLS Cup playoffs after 2-0 win against Nashville SC - Massive Report
It may have taken some extra time to get the goals but Columbus finally broke down a really solid defensive Nashville squad.

Carles Gil shines again, how the Columbus Crew broke down Nashville SC and more takeaways | Steve Zakuani |
New England is showing just how good they can be here while Columbus showed that even with some off the field covid issues, they are still the team to beat in the East.

New England Revolution coach Bruce Arena shows he remains a master of the MLS Playoffs | Charles Boehm |
After taking the New England Revolution to the Eastern Conference Final, Bruce Arena is proving once again that he's mastered the particular rhythms of the postseason.

Orlando City vs. New England Revolution: Final Score 3-1 as Shorthanded Lions Bow Out of Playoffs - The Mane Land
Orlando shot themselves in the foot too many times in this one. Kind of hard to root for this version of Pareja's team when some of them play like assholes.

Revolution beat Orlando to continue Arena's quick turnaround – The Athletic
Bruce Arena isn't out for redemption, but that's what he's giving the New England Revolution.

The MLS playoffs as entertainment | US Soccer Players
Major League Soccer continues to tweak the playoffs with a clear divide between what happens in the regular season and early exits for good teams.

Sounders set MLS playoff record for consecutive wins - Sounder At Heart
Here is a solid deep dive into what the Sounders are doing at the moment. Stop the stars, and you may stop the Sounders.