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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, August 12, 2020

MLS is Back wrapped up in Orlando with the Timbers taking home the trophy.

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MLS: MLS IS BACK Final-Orlando City SC at Portland Timbers Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

MLS is Back indeed. Well, the tournament version is done and over but the real being back is about to get underway tonight here in Frisco. FC Dallas will play their first game in over five months as they take on Nashville SC.

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SET THE STAGE: FC Dallas vs. Nashville SC | 8.12.2020 | FC Dallas
After five months of waiting for a game, we're finally getting one. Just how rusty will everyone be is the question I have.

After ‘absolute chaos’ in Orlando, FC Dallas can’t wait to get started again – The Athletic
With anxiety over positive COVID-19 tests forcing their removal from the MLS bubble, Dallas gets re-started again on Wednesday night. This piece may be a long one but damn it is worth it.

MLS is Back eventually - How FC Dallas and Nashville SC prepared for the rest of the 2020 season | ESPNFC
Dallas and Nashville never got a chance to play the MLS is Back Tournament following their positive COVID-19 tests. Now, they'll meet one another.

Champion: FC Dallas' plan to host fans is too big, too soon - ESPN Video
Jon Champion and Taylor Twellman discuss FC Dallas' plan to play in front of fans after missing MLS is Back. I agree with Champion, it feels too soon to have fans in the stands.

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Portland Timbers formula for success based on more than just soccer | Charles Boehm |
Portland ran through the Orlando tournament with some relative ease when you look back at it.

MLS is Back filled a much-needed hole during COVID-19 pandemic | Andrew Wiebe |
Will we see this kind of tournament again in MLS? I kind of hope so. A tournament-style playoff sounds like a nice idea to me down the road.

Report: New York Red Bulls agree to trade midfielder Alex Muyl to Nashville SC |
A bit of Nashville news for tonight, though this one shouldn't affect the game as Muyl can't join until today anyways.

MLS is Back final caps a strange tournament with a deserving champion – The Athletic
The Portland Timbers endured trying circumstances to win a tournament that will hopefully never require a second edition.

Portland Timbers fitting champions of surreal MLS is Back Tournament | ESPNFC
The Timbers emerged Tuesday as deserving winners of MLS is Back, one of the most surreal soccer tournaments in living memory.