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Big D Daily: News for Monday, December 7, 2020

Half of MLS Cup is set here as Columbus will host another final.

MLS: New England Revolution at Columbus Crew SC Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The venue is now set for MLS Cup following the Columbus Crew’s win yesterday over the New England Revolution. Who they’ll play will be determined tonight in Seattle. As for FC Dallas, we should hear some offseason roster moves either today or tomorrow. Until then, let’s dive into some links.

// FC Dallas //

What to do about FC Dallas’ center back situation? - Big D Soccer
Matt Hedges has an opening next to him in the starting lineup as contracts end. Who could step up?

Is Ricardo Pepi already the best striker in MLS? - Big D Soccer
The young El Pasoan’s stats bear an eerie resemblance to the best scorers ever seen in this league.

// MLS //

Three takeaways from Columbus Crew's victory over New England Revolution to reach MLS Cup | Steve Zakuani | MLSsoccer.com
We saw two well-matched teams separated by a brilliant team goal, which proved to be all the Columbus Crew would need to beat the New England Revolution and punch their ticket to MLS Cup.

Columbus Crew SC cap incredible rebirth to host MLS Cup and set stage for bright future | Charles Boehm | MLSsoccer.com
With MLS Cup coming to Columbus and a new stadium on the way, the future is bright for the Crew.

The Columbus Crew is headed to the sixth final in team history - Massive Report
The Black & Gold have another chance to win a championship. Here is a look at their previous attempts.

New England Revolution ownership committed to Boston-area home: "We want to build the stadium" | MLSsoccer.com
We've heard them say things like this before but there does feel like some actual seriousness to this one now days.

MLS making contingency plans for Cup final could use neutral site - ESPNFC
While for now, it appears MLS Cup is heading to Columbus, there could be a backup plan in place incase something changes here.

Source: Houston Dynamo finalizing transfer of Mauro Manotas to Club Tijuana | Tom Bogert | MLSsoccer.com
Houston is starting to redo their roster this offseason and Manotas would be an intriguing loss for them.

Minnesota's Ozzie Alonso has MLS Cup dream but must get past former club Seattle | ESPNFC
Adrian Heath brought in Ozzie Alonso to get the Loons among the upper echelons of MLS. To go all the way, he must beat a familiar foe.

Sounders vs Minnesota United: Scouting report - Sounder At Heart
The Loons present some similar problems that Sounders pose to others. Which could make tonight's game a real interesting one to watch.

What next for Patrick Vieira? – The Athletic
It does feel like he'll be back in MLS, possibly with a team like Toronto or DC.

Coaching fit in MLS | US Soccer Players
There are different scenarios for Major League Soccer clubs looking for coaches this offseason, but the risk vs reward is similar.