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Big D Daily: News for Monday, February 24, 2020

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Hey folks, the regular season is almost here!

MLS: New York City FC at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

And just like that we’re back into the regular season mode folks. Wow. The long offseason and preseason are over and we can finally get back into real games.

// FC Dallas //

North Texas SC takes its first game of 2020 against El Paso Locomotive - Big D Soccer
The USL League One champions pick up where they left off: winning.

WATCH: Behind the Scenes of Preseason in Tampa, presented by Toyota | FC Dallas
FC Dallas wrapped up their preseason in Florida and are now just one week away from the start of a new season.

From Neymar to Cannon: Why FC Dallas technical director Andre Zanotta feels right at home in North Texas | MLSsoccer.com
This is really the first season we can test and examine what Zanotta brings to the table for FCD.

// MLS //

Lessons for Nashville SC, Inter Miami: How MLS expansion team have fared in year No. 1 | MLSsoccer.com
History is always a good indicator in MLS as to how an expansion team will do in year one.

The top 10 young players for the 2020 MLS season | Ben Baer | MLSsoccer.com
You know FCD has at least one player on this list, and most of you probably know who it is without even clicking.

MLS 2020: A tipping point for foreign coaches in Major League Soccer has arrived | MLSsoccer.com
As the 2020 MLS campaign arrives, the old conventional wisdom about foreign coaches struggling appears to have been truly blown to bits.

Alonso in Miami Deila in NYCFC Ramos in Houston and Wicky in Chicago; What to make of this quartet of new MLS coaches | ESPNFC
How will new coaches in Chicago, Houston, Miami and New York adapt? Time will certainly tell if things can go their way or not.

Nashville and MLS play stadium politics | US Soccer Players
With a new mayor, Nashville SC ended up facing a political fight over its proposed soccer-specific stadium at the city's fairgrounds complex.

LAFC's interesting Champions League debut | US Soccer Players
LAFC may be down two goals in their Concacaf round of 16 series with Club Leon, but they've made it clear that this is a team sticking to its style.

Orlando City striker Tesho Akindele embraces reunion with long-time coach Óscar Pareja | Pro Soccer USA
It is still weird seeing both of these guys in purple but I have to say they'll be a club I'll be rooting for this season to do well.

Land of Opportunity - Sounder At Heart
If you want to take a trip down history lane from a Seattle point of view, this is a pretty fascinating piece to dive into.