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Big D Daily: News for Monday, December 14, 2020

MLS Cup is in the books and now the fun of the offseason really begins.

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MLS: Cup Final-Seattle Sounders FC vs Columbus Crew SC Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The 2020 season is finally in the books for MLS. The Columbus Crew lifted the trophy on Saturday in a pretty emphatic win over Seattle. Now we get to really begin the offseason this week with the expansion draft tomorrow, followed by free agency and a slew of other things.

// FC Dallas //

Why FC Dallas shouldn’t stress over the 2020 Expansion Draft - Big D Soccer
Given the rules in place and the number of Homegrown players, FC Dallas won’t have too many players left unprotected tomorrow.

FC Dallas Trades Callum Montgomery to Minnesota United FC - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas may have not re-signed him for 2021, but they’re making sure to get something in return.

Top 20 Stats From the 2020 Season | FC Dallas
It is still crazy to me how young this team was in 2020 and just how many players made debuts along the way.

Tanner Tessmann: What I learned in my rookie year with FC Dallas amid COVID-19 and BLM | Dallas Morning News
Tanner had a lot of intriguing things to say about his rookie year, which was certainly a wild one.

// MLS //

In year 25, MLS Cup went back to where it all began with Columbus Crew SC | Charles Boehm |
In an unprecedented year, it’s all too fitting that MLS marked its 25th anniversary season with the inspiring triumph of an original.

MLS Cup 2020 three takeaways (and a little more) | Steve Zakuani |
Columbus not only controlled the game on Saturday night, they made sure Seattle never really stood a chance to get in it.

The Columbus Crew and Lucas Zelarayan were perfect fits for each other - Massive Report
The club signed the influential player at the perfect moment and the union paid off with the MLS Cup.

Crew roster breakdown: What the MLS champions could look like in 2021 - Massive Report
The Crew is on the clock to announce its end-of-season roster decisions after winning MLS Cup and here are our best guesses of how they will play out.

Caleb Porter's Columbus Crew deliver the ultimate MLS triumph in adversity | ESPNFC
In a MLS season many have said should have an asterisk attached to it, the Columbus Crew finished it off with an exclamation mark instead.

Aidan Morris: The embodiment of the Columbus Crew's fight – The Athletic ($)
Aidan Morris represents the resiliency, commitment and fight required to get the Columbus Crew to an improbable MLS Cup title.

Lucas Zelarayán stars as Columbus Crew win MLS Cup – The Athletic ($)
The Argentine arrived in Columbus from one of Liga MX's biggest clubs and cemented the Crew's rebirth with an MLS Cup brace.

MLS Cup: No easy answers for Sounders in dispiriting loss - Sounder At Heart
You certainly want to point and laugh at the Sounders and what happened, but they don't even have a good reason for how they failed to show up.

Seattle Sounders star Nicolas Lodeiro played with "strained calf" in MLS Cup |
I guess if you are looking for some sort of excuse, then there it is.

Austin FC make moves to build inaugural roster in half-day trade window |
Austin was busy yesterday during the half-day trade window. They brought in a lot of quality defensive help, while spending over a million in allocation.

LAFC acquire defender Marco Farfan from Portland Timbers - Angels on Parade
This may be one of those more underrated moves when it is all said and done.

Report: Gabriel Heinze will be Atlanta United’s next manager - Dirty South Soccer
The two sides have reportedly closed the deal, and Heinze will sign the contract next week.