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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, August 19, 2020

So much soccer is about to hit us at a fast rate, are we ready?

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MLS: Nashville SC at FC Dallas Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The week hits the midway point here as we see FC Dallas get ready for a Friday night clash with their rivals down south in Houston. So much to get to before that game, so let’s dive into some morning reading.

// FC Dallas //

Ten French clubs that could be after FC Dallas’ Reggie Cannon - Big D Soccer
Let's dive into Ligue 1 to see where a possible landing spot for Reggie might actually be.

Three things we learned from FC Dallas’ draw to Nashville SC - Big D Soccer
We dig into Luchi’s newest tactics and personnel following a winless week at home against Nashville SC.

FC Dallas signs goalkeeper Phelipe Megiolaro on loan from Gremio - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas has option to exercise a permanent transfer on Megiolaro’s contract in December of 2020.

Scratching the Chalkboard: Who is FC Dallas? - Big D Soccer
Dallas was held scoreless again against one of the league’s newest teams. So much to take in there with that.

// MLS //

Recap and Highlights: Piatti dominant as TFC snuffs the Whitecaps 3-0 in return to BMO Field - Waking The Red
The Reds looked incredibly good in the home opener as they bullied an anemic Whitecaps squad.

The 10 biggest names with most to prove as MLS restarts | Greg Seltzer |
No FCD names on this list if you were wondering but all included definitely need a good showing once play resumes this weekend.

The 11 biggest MLS stories to follow as the 2020 season restarts | Charles Boehm |
These next few weeks should be very telling to where this season might actually go in MLS.

Matuidi joining Inter Miami isn't just about ability, his world-class mentality will make him a role model in Beckham's MLS expansion club | ESPNFC
Blaise Matuidi has a closet's worth of winner's medals. That experience and his knack for mentoring young teammates makes him a dream fit in Miami.

Is there such a thing as an MLS contender? | US Soccer Players
The 2020 MLS season resumes with familiar questions for an odd season where it's tough to tell which teams are legitimate contenders.

A free agent in an uncertain transfer market, Brad Smith seeks permanence – The Athletic ($)
Out of contract with Bournemouth, Smith says he would love a return to Seattle.

Beats, cleats and eats: 10 strange North American soccer trademarks – The Athletic ($)
From MLS's theme park plans to a mysterious dog in sunglasses, North American soccer entities have trademarked some weird stuff.