Happy Monday folks. We’re at the midway point in February here as we continue to inch closer and closer to the start of preseason camps for FC Dallas. For now we’re going to be bundled up inside our houses as we deal with this crazy snow storm. Hopefully all of you are staying safe and warm out there.
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FC Dallas loans Justin Che to Bayern Munich - Big D Soccer
The previously reported loan has now been made official by both clubs. I know for some it is a bummer not to see him here in 2021 (though things could change by the summer as we all know).
What the FC Dallas Homegrowns Learned at FC Bayern Munich | FC Dallas
Getting that sort of experience as a young player has to be exciting. And on the future end of the spectrum, getting to sell this kind of experience to younger players has to be a bonus for FCD.
Paxton Pomykal, the Bachelor: Win a virtual date with the FC Dallas midfielder | MLSsoccer.com
At least it is a virtual date for Paxton. I can't imagine he was too keen on the idea of going out somewhere during a pandemic.
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Five MLS players who will feel like new signings in 2021 | Greg Seltzer | MLSsoccer.com
In a weird way this is your shortlist for Comeback Player of the Year in 2021. As you might have hoped and expected, Paxton is on this list.
Philadelphia Union celebrate Valentine’s Day with cards for each MLS “classmate” | MLSsoccer.com
While this was the first year in ages that we didn’t do Valentines cards here at Big D Soccer, the Union stepped up nicely to hand out some across the league. Well done.
Orlando City Makes Signing of Brazilian Forward Alexandre Pato Official - The Mane Land
In a way this seems like a massive move for Orlando and one that will do well under Oscar Pareja, but in another sense it seems like more of the same for Orlando in getting another older Brazilian player.
Major League Soccer announces dates for preseason training camps | ESPNFC
Major League Soccer announced the dates for the opening of training camp, with players on most teams reporting on March 1.
Toronto FC considering starting 2021 season out of Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida - Waking The Red
Bill Manning confirms Toronto FC are looking into the Tampa area with reports surfacing the Reds are considering the home of Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers as their ‘home away from home’ to begin 2021.
Report: San Jose Earthquakes set to acquire midfielder Eric Remedi - Center Line Soccer
This would be a pretty nice pickup for San Jose.
What MLS is telling us in 2021 | US Soccer Players
Major League Soccer is once again pointing to potential losses approaching a billion dollars without a lot of information to support that number.
Official: Atlanta United signs Santiago Sosa from River Plate - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta doing what they've done best over the years in MLS, signing a young South American starlet.
LAFC reportedly going for ring T-shirt look for new secondary jersey - Angels on Parade
While I like the idea of retro, I'm not sure this one hits the mark just yet.