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Big D Daily: News for Friday, December 11, 2020

On MLS Cup eve, who are you taking to win it all tomorrow?

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MLS: Chicago Fire at Seattle Sounders FC Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

The wild 2020 season is coming to a close here as MLS Cup kicks off tomorrow in Ohio between the Crew and Sounders. As wild as this year has been, I’m ready for it to be in the books so that we can focus on next year. But as far as tomorrow is concerned, who ya got? I’m taking the Sounders (again, unfortunately).

// FC Dallas //

What are FC Dallas’ offseason priorities? - Big D Soccer
With several open roster spots, where does the club need to focus the most? Hopefully spending wisely on that DP slot is one of them.

By the Numbers: 2020 FC Dallas Scoring Stats | FC Dallas
FCD scored 28 goals in 22 games. Which when you think about it, isn't that great.

// MLS //

Do Seattle Sounders FC need to win MLS Cup to cement dynasty status? | Andrew Wiebe |
Going to as many MLS Cups like they have over these last few years, kind of already puts them in that category.

Armchair Analyst: Tactical preview of the 25th MLS Cup |
A lot will come down to how well the Crew can slow down the Sounders in the midfield. If they follow the FCD blueprint, they might be able to win this thing. If not, they're going to struggle.

What drives Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer and Columbus counterpart Caleb Porter to success | Steve Zakuani |
Few people know what makes Brian Schmetzer and Caleb Porter tick as well as Steve Zakuani.

Sounders vs Crew: Scouting Report - Sounder At Heart
It is kind of crazy that these two actually met earlier this season before the pandemic began.

The Crew to be without Nagbe, Santos for MLS Cup Final; what this means - Massive Report
Not having those two players is going to be a major, major hit for the Crew.

MLS players' union says nearly 20% contracted COVID-19 in 2020 | ESPNFC
If you think about it, FCD had a third of their roster contract this earlier in the year. Colorado had a bunch of their own. The Crew continue to deal with it on their end. Nashville also had an outbreak. It kind of all adds up.

MLS Cup: Why doemstic coaches, GMs have more success – The Athletic
Though there are exceptions, big hurdles still remain for international head coaches and executives looking for success in the league.