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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, January 26, 2021

We now know there is another month ahead of us before the preseason.

MLS: FC Dallas at Portland Timbers Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Sometimes the not knowing is the worst part of waiting on something. Thankfully, that is over in terms of waiting on when the preseason and the start of the regular season in 2021 will be. Yesterday we found out that we’re now a month away from preseason play. Which I have to say is a giant relief.

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Why a Late Season Start Is Good for FC Dallas - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas may get more games in the summer heat at home, which is always a benefit for them.

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Major League Soccer 2021 Season to Begin April 3 - Big D Soccer
The new season will have the usual 34-game schedule. Austin FC will join the Western Conference, which we already assumed.

Austin FC announce stadium naming rights partnership with Q2 Holdings Inc. | MLSsoccer.com
The new stadium in Austin finally has a name as Q2 Stadium will open it's doors later this year.

Brian Schmetzer officially extends contract - Sounder At Heart
This will be Schmetzer’s 20th season as a Sounders coach. Yeah, 20th. That is insane to me that someone has been connected to a soccer team for that long.

FC Cincinnati reportedly make offer for Atalanta attacking midfielder Papu Gomez | MLSsoccer.com
FC Cincinnati reportedly make $10 million bid for Atalanta midfielder Papu Gomez. Yeah, $10 million. Wow.

Caden Clark to RB Leipzig: MLS youngster finalizing deal – The Athletic
One of MLS's best young players is finalizing a Bundesliga agreement as New York continues to use their pipeline to Germany for their young players.

Nelson Rodriguez resigns as Chicago Fire president - Hot Time In Old Town
Seeing Rodriguez step down makes me think he is about to move over to Salt Lake to help that group out.

Real Salt Lake handbook sets up changes within the club – The Athletic
With new ownership on the horizon, Real Salt Lake employees are working to redefine a troubled club.

Official: Atlanta United signs Lisandro Lopez from Racing Club - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta United will add an experienced, 37-year old striker to the squad. Kind of a big change of pace for a club that typically signs younger South Americans.