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Big D Daily: News for Monday, November 9, 2020

With all the excitement of the end of the season, now we have a couple of weeks to prepare for the playoffs.

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

And just like that, the regular season is over. What has been three or so months of back-to-back games with little rest for everyone, we now get a bit of a break before the playoffs kick off later this month.

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FC Dallas drops season finale to Minnesota United 3-0 - Big D Soccer
Now FC Dallas will have to go on the road to earn a MLS Cup this year. What a shame when they had a home game waiting for them with a draw.

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Philadelphia Union feel vindicated by Supporters' Shield win: "This is proof of concept" |
The Philadelphia Union's investment in youth has paid off in a big way with their first Supporters' Shield win.

History in Chester; Union win the Supporters’ Shield - Brotherly Game
Union secure the franchise’s first trophy after beating New England 2-0.

Armchair Analyst: Playoff teams by tier as the regular season ends | Week 23 |
While you want to get excited about what FC Dallas did for the last couple of weeks, Sunday's result was a major letdown in many ways going into the playoffs.

Sporting KC reborn, playoff hunches & more takeaways Decision Day | Charles Boehm |
Yesterday's Decision Day didn't have the same amount of drama that past years have had but it did offer up a snow game, a new Shield winner and an expansion team clinching a playoff spot.

Atlanta United loses, fails to make playoffs for the first time in franchise history - Dirty South Soccer
Decision Day brought an end to Atlanta’s up-and-mostly-down, pandemic-impacted season.

LAFC’s Diego Rossi wins 2020 MLS Golden Boot - Angels on Parade
In what has already been a weird year, seeing someone score 14 goals feels light compared to past years winners.

The Earthquakes get it together | US Soccer Players
The San Jose Earthquakes will make the playoffs in the second season under Matias Almeyda though it's worth asking what's really changed in 2020.