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Big D Daily: News for Friday, December 10, 2021

The MLS Cup final is here folks.

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MLS: MLS Cup City Scenes Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The final day of the 2021 season in MLS is upon us here as Portland and NYCFC get ready to battle it out tomorrow for the MLS Cup. I’m sticking with the home side in this one to carry it out but don’t sleep on how NYCFC is playing right now either. Anything could happen.

// FC Dallas //

Why FC Dallas shouldn’t have to worry about the 2021 Expansion Draft - Big D Soccer
Given the rules of the draft, FC Dallas shouldn’t have to worry too much about losing anyone.

2021 FC Dallas Player Postmortem: Ryan Hollingshead - Big D Soccer
Hollingshead is getting older but he is still an important part of this team.

// MLS //

Gio Savarese: MLS Cup 2021 will show soccer's growth in Portland, United States | MLSSoccer.com
Tomorrow's game should be a good show for both the league and Portland.

NYCFC: We’re not underdogs in MLS Cup at Portland, “We can beat anybody” | MLSSoccer.com
NYCFC has shown a lot lately as to how dangerous they can be both home and away.

Cascadian reign: How the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders have dominated MLS’ Western Conference – The Athletic
For the last seven years, only the Timbers and Sounders have reached MLS Cup out of the West.

Is New York City FC finally becoming an MLS power? | US Soccer Players
NYCFC's run to the 2021 MLS Cup was unique but what put the team in a position to take advantage speaks to broader ambitions in New York.

NYCFC borrow from Portland Timbers' playbook and meet MLS' model club in Cup final | ESPNFC
New York City FC has the money and the glitzy locale to be a global glamour club, but the Portland Timbers are home to the heartbeat of MLS.

Savarese’s (good) selection headache for MLS Cup - Stumptown Footy
He gets his strikers back for the final and now has to juggle in-form players with returning players. Not a bad place to be at in a Cup final.

MLS Cup Prediction: Are NYCFC underdogs or favorites? - Hudson River Blue
The oddsmakers like NYCFC but most folks around the league think Portland will win at home.

Lorenzo Insigne to Toronto FC is heating up - Waking The Red
This would certainly be an interesting move for the club and the league to land a guy like Insigne.

Charlotte FC reveal inaugural “Carolina Kit” primary jersey | MLSSoccer.com
I don’t love it but I also don’t hate it. I could use a tad more black from their logo in it but I do like the direction they went here.

Inter Miami agrees to trade Lewis Morgan to New York Red Bulls: Sources - The Athletic
Miami had to find a way to offset some of their allocation money issues for this offseason and this was a smart way to do it.