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Big D Daily: News for Friday, February 14, 2020

FC Dallas is back in training as they get ready for their trip to Florida.

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The weekend is finally here as FC Dallas has a couple more days at home before they head back out on the road for their final preseason trip.

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North Texas SC loans Arturo Rodriguez to Real Monarchs - Big D Soccer
After dominating USL-1 in 2019, Rodriguez gets a shot at doing the same in USL-C.

MURRAY: Monarchs’ Rebuild Offers Fascinating Blueprint for Others | USL Soccer
Here is a nice breakdown of what FCD/NTSC is doing with their loans these days and why it is only the start of something more potentially down the road.

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MLS 2020 season: Why the West will be best in the battle of the conferences | Charles Boehm |
The West should be the better conference in 2020 but don't be shocked if a team from the East runs away with the Supporters' Shield.

Armchair Analyst: Nine key MLS position battles to watch in 2020 |
Those random roster battles across MLS are always intriguing but I know for us here in Dallas, it is all about that midfield.

New Nashville soccer stadium is a go: MLS club, mayor agree on revised deal |
After having some issues getting the stadium approved to build, everything is a go now. Great news.

Nashville SC MLS stadium deal reached with Mayor Cooper - Sports Illustrated
The MLS expansion club can begin work on its new soccer-specific stadium after a political battle.

Miami's Pizarro - Beckham chance to play in Europe sealed MLS move | ESPNFC
Inter Miami signee Rodolfo Pizarro said calls with David Beckham and a shot at playing in Europe helped seal his move to the new MLS franchise.

Orlando City coach Óscar Pareja urges fans to be optimistic ahead of 2020 season | Pro Soccer USA
I do hope Oscar turns things around in Orlando here, but man is it still weird seeing him in purple.

In NYCFC’s ‘identity crisis,’ global aims run up against limitations close to home – The Athletic (Paywall)
NYCFC CEO Brad Sims speaks on the state of the club's efforts for relevance in a crowded market.

State of Inter Miami: Amidst endless challenges, Miami enters first season still looking for their superstar signing – The Athletic (Paywall)
With major construction projects nearly complete, one piece still missing for Beckham's club is a long-rumored global superstar on the pitch