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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, February 11, 2021

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We now have a new regular season start date, which is great and terrible all at the same time.

MLS: Cup Conference Semifinals-FC Dallas at Seattle Sounders FC Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

The start of the regular season this year is getting pushed back again, which on one hand I’m glad we’re getting some soccer but on the other hand, knowing that it is going to be about two more months before any meaningful games are played kind of sucks. But it is where we’re at and we’ve dealt with worse as FC Dallas fans (remember going from March to August last year?).

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Concacaf Champions League 2021 draw: Mixed fortunes for MLS clubs in Round of 16 | MLSsoccer.com
Toronto FC face potentially the toughest challenge should they make it into the Concacaf Champions League Round of 16. Columbus also faces a tough path in this bracket.

MLS 2021 regular season starts on April 17 | MLSsoccer.com
Major League Soccer has announced an updated start date for the 2021 regular season, with play now set to get underway on Saturday, April 17.

MLS commissioner Don Garber provides updates on preseason, Canadian clubs and more | MLSsoccer.com
Here are some good updates on where things stand for this season like the three Canadian teams and where they'll play, how many charter flights the teams will take, and when preseason will begin.

MLS preparing for massive losses in 2021 season - ESPNFC
Two days after ratification of a new CBA with the MLSPA, MLS commissioner Don Garber said the league expects to lose "close" to $1 billion in 2021. Just like they lost about that in 2020. But we're talking a group of billionaires collectively losing a billion. So I guess there is some perspective to think about there.

Brenner to FC Cincinnati: What it means for MLS – The Athletic
The big-money Brazilian transfer is the first real case of an MLS team taking advantage of a depressed global market.

FC Cincinnati nearing deal for Lucho Acosta, sources, say – The Athletic
Just after announcing their biggest ever signing, FC Cincinnati is adding to their haul with former D.C. United player Luciano Acosta. Which would be wild.

What to expect from the MLS final four | US Soccer Players
Some of last season's semifinalists have more work to do than others in advance of the 2021 Major League Soccer season, but all four have issues.