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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The fun of the offseason really kicks off today with the Expansion Draft.

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MLS: FC Dallas at Sporting Kansas City Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve made it to the Expansion Draft day here for Austin FC as they look to build out their roster a little more ahead of their first season in MLS next year. FC Dallas revealed who they were protecting (and not protecting) yesterday.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas Protected Players list of Tuesday’s 2020 MLS Expansion Draft - Big D Soccer
No real shockers here as only five left unprotected ahead of Tuesday's draft for Austin FC.

Five players FC Dallas should target in MLS free agency - Big D Soccer
While we expect FC Dallas to continue the Homegrown path and South American signings, adding experienced talent from MLS isn’t a bad route either.

// MLS //

Best players available for Austin FC in 2020 MLS Expansion Draft | Tom Bogert |
Austin has a good shot here at picking some quality players today. I think if anything, they can get a keeper out of this draft.

State of Austin FC’s roster heading into 2020 MLS Expansion Draft | Tom Bogert |
Austin only had two players going into this past week but thanks to Sunday’s trade window, they now have almost a third of their roster.

Austin FC mock MLS expansion drat – The Athletic
Here is another look at who the new Texan side can take or rather, should take today.

Are MLS Cup champs Columbus Crew SC set for sustained success? | Charles Boehm |
The Crew were certainly built for this year but replicating that success in MLS won't be easy.

Sounders roster update: João Paulo biggest name still unsigned - Sounder At Heart
Seattle has some interesting names on the 'out of contract' category.

NYCFC announce adjusted Concacaf Champions League travel plans after positive COVID-19 tests |
The CCL is suppose to kick back up here soon but NYCFC is already hitting some issues ahead of their next game.

Inter Miami's Deigo Alonso believed he was fired, has not been fired – The Athletic
Yeah, this is kind of embarrassing for Miami. But it sounds like few were actually on the same page in year one.

MLS 2020 in review | US Soccer Players
The 25th MLS season turned from an anniversary celebration into navigating a pandemic and players showing their commitment to racial justice.