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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Seriously though, can it be Saturday already?

MLS: Houston Dynamo at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The final few days before the start of the regular season continues to chug along slowly here as FC Dallas gets ready for their home opener on Saturday against Philadelphia.

// FC Dallas //

2020 FC Dallas season preview and expectations - Big D Soccer
The new season is finally here, so what will FC Dallas be able to do in year two under Luchi Gonzalez?

FC Dallas notebook: Discussing hashtags and other items - Big D Soccer
A new series that we’re starting up to discuss some random FCD related news.

FC Dallas Loanees & Affiliates Report: Pablo Aranguiz just can’t stop scoring - Big D Soccer
Pablo now has three goals in three league matches for La U.

Top FC Dallas Story Lines Ahead of the 2020 Season Opener | FC Dallas
A new season always brings out plenty of new things to keep tabs on.

// MLS //

Atlanta United advances past Motagua to Concacaf Champions League Quarterfinals - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta looked like the Atlanta we expected to look like in the CCL. Also, Pity Martinez may finally be showing what was expected of him as well.

MLS 2020: Predicting the 5 biggest dark horses to reach MLS Cup | Greg Seltzer |
I keep telling folks that FCD's schedule is super favorable for them to do something special this year. But, again, it is a long road to that something special.

Nashville SC talk expectations, anticipation ahead of long-awaited MLS opener |
I know a lot of eyes will be on what Miami does this year but I am super intrigued by what Nashville has built here.

Liga MX to MLS: What's behind the unprecedented influx of talent |
So many Liga MX players made the move this winter north to MLS.

Who won the MLS offseason? Five clubs that enjoyed impressive transfer windows |
I honestly wasn't expecting to see FC Dallas on a list like this one. But here they are.

Columbus Crew announce OhioHealth Performance Center - Massive Report
Columbus will build a new training facility at the site of their current stadium. Not bad. I like seeing moves like this and that the old stadium won't go away, it will likely become a USL venue.

Atlanta United close to deal for Mexico's Jurgen Damm - ESPNFC
Of course he's going to Atlanta.

Alan Pulido's journey to MLS: From a kidnapping and winning Liga MX titles to a fresh start in the USA | ESPNFC
Alan Pulido's arrival in MLS made headlines for the obvious sporting reasons but he's looking for more than goals and glory in the USA.

MLS is kicking off its 25th season. Here are 25 things to watch | Pro Soccer USA
The 25th Major League Soccer season kicks off Saturday when D.C. United hosts the Colorado Rapids at Audi Field.