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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, January 19, 2021

It is SuperDraft week in MLS and that feels weird.

MLS: FC Dallas at Houston Dynamo Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The MLS SuperDraft is later this week and I have to say that this may be the weirdest draft yet in all of my years covering this league and FC Dallas. Yes, most of it is largely due to the coronavirus pandemic and what it has done to global and local soccer but mostly because this may have been the first year since I was in high school to not actually watch any college soccer (my school WVU was off for the fall thanks to the pandemic). We’ll do our best here to preview things in the next day or so as FC Dallas gets set to make some picks.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas has a massive hole at right wing - Big D Soccer
With Michael Barrios off to Colorado, a huge piece of Dallas’ identity is gone with it. Let’s celebrate Michael Barrios’ tenure in Frisco.

What New Loan Signing Freddy Vargas Brings to FC Dallas | FC Dallas
FC Dallas loves to find those unknown South Americans and hope for the best. Vargas appears to be the next in a fairly long line of those type of players.

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Inter Miami name Phil Neville head coach, Chris Henderson sporting director | MLSsoccer.com
I like the hire of Chris Henderson as sporting director but the Phil Neville coaching hire is a bit of a puzzler.

D.C. United announces Hernán Losada as new head coach - Black And Red United
United’s lengthy hunt for a new boss ended with the 38-year-old Argentine, hired away from Belgian side Beerschot.

2021 MLS SuperDraft: The top 10 prospects available for selection | MLSsoccer.com
It is SuperDraft week, so we're going to see plenty of these sorts of lists and ratings for guys that a lot of us probably have never seen.

MLS SuperDraft retrospective: Checking in on the state of the 2020 draft class | MLSsoccer.com
If you need to know how well or how poorly the draft went last year for some teams, this is a good look at who is still active in MLS.

Dynamo acquire forward Maxi Urruti from Montreal in exchange for defender Kiki Struna - Dynamo Theory
The Dynamo made a play yesterday for one of our former guys in Urruti while sending a defender to Montreal in the deal.

Why would Jordan Morris go on loan to Swansea? - Sounder At Heart
Here’s everything you need to better understand Morris’ potential move abroad. To be honest, it may be time for him to test things out over there and that isn't a bad thing.

Jordan Morris' Swansea move a surprise but may suit everyone – The Athletic
Again, I don't mind this move at all for Morris and really think it could be a huge benefit to him and all the clubs involved.

Chris Armas takes over Toronto in transition | US Soccer Players
Chris Armas takes over at Toronto FC with the club looking for its next Designated Player and figuring out how to stay in contention.

Will becoming Club de Foot have an Impact for Montreal? – The Athletic
The MLS club's new branding is fine, but it won't truly bring a new identity or more fans without improvements on the field.

A Brief History and Rating of MLS Rebrands - The Mane Land
Gotta love that folks continue to forget that Dallas is one of the OGs to rebrand.