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Big D Daily: News for Monday, August 10, 2020

So we have some FC Dallas games to watch this week! Woo!

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FC Dallas will make their way back out on the field this week as they take on Nashville SC twice in the first phase of the MLS restart to the 2020 season. It has been over five months since we last saw them play a competitive match.

// FC Dallas & NTSC //

FC Dallas resumes 2020 season with two games against Nashville SC - Big D Soccer
Eight games coming up for FC Dallas with two this week. Yeah, two. Weird. This feels so damn weird.

Garber: FC Dallas’ plans to host fans hasn’t been approved yet - Big D Soccer
The tentative plan to have fans in the stadium next week has not been finalized. So far the reviews on this potential seem mixed.

North Texas SC continues to stumble out of the gate in 2020 - Big D Soccer
FCD’s second team begins to build its own tactical fingerprint distinct from the rest of the club.

Rumor: FC Dallas acquires Brazilian goalkeeper on loan - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas looks to have acquired Brazil U23 Keeper on loan from Gremio.

Familiar Faces Return when Nashville Visits Toyota Stadium | FC Dallas
Nashville has three former FCD players on their roster right now.

Looking Ahead to FC Dallas' First Game Back vs. Nashville SC | FC Dallas
This return to the field feels like a mix of emotions but overall it will be nice to see some meaningful games again.

// MLS //

MLS is Back Tournament Final: Early preview of Portland Timbers vs Orlando City on August 11 |
In a final that no one would have predicted before the tournament started, it will be Orlando City facing the Portland Timbers for the MLS is Back Tournament title on August 11.

Tale of the Tape: How do Orlando City, Portland measure up ahead of MLS is Back Final? |
Orlando and Portland stack up very...oddly against one another. If it becomes a defensive game though, I do see Orlando having the slightest of advantages.

Why the race for 2020 MLS Cup will be one of the most unpredictable in league history | Charles Boehm |
The rest of this season really does have a Mad Max vibe to it. Anything is possible. The parity is even greater this year.

Montreal Impact president Kevin Gilmore: Club examining multiple options in return to play |
The three Canadian clubs are all looking at US options to play games right now, which adds another weirdness to this season.

MLS will resume the regular season: What we know and what we don't | ESPNFC
The MLS is Back bubble in Florida has been a success, but will that success translate to games played in home markets? And in front of fans? Time will certainly tell.

The case for Nani or Sebastián Blanco as MLS is Back MVP – The Athletic ($)
While the former Man United star has been one of the more underrated big-name players in the league, Blanco has come into his own though making this MVP race an interesting one.

Player development shows the value of MLS is Back | US Soccer Players
MLS is Back allowed players to show what they can do in a tournament setting, raising their values and expectations as the schedule progressed.