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Big D Daily: News for Monday, February 8, 2021

The lockout crisis has been averted, which means we’re really only a couple of weeks away from the start of the 2021 preseason.

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MLS: FC Dallas at Sporting Kansas City Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The lockout threats have been put away as the league and its players came to an agreement on Friday of last week. With a new tentative CBA in hand, we can begin really getting excited for a new season here with preseason camps set to officially open later this month.

// FC Dallas //

Dad's drive helps put South Dallas' Hernandez on verge of dream debut | The Striker Texas
Hernandez is the rare local product that didn't have an academy tie to FC Dallas. Now he has a shot to make his mark with the club.

Inside Bryan Reynolds' transfer to AS Roma and its long-term impact for FC Dallas | Tom Bogert |
It was all a matter of timing for Reynolds to get the transfer to Italy done in the way that everyone was happy with.

Watch: FC Dallas Homegrowns catch up with Chris Richards during Bayern training stint |
I'm glad FCD was able to send a larger group to Germany this time around as it really has opened the door for more with Munich.

// MLS //

Major League Soccer & MLS Players Association reach tentative agreement for new CBA |
I suppose this is a big deal. Ha. Yeah, it is good to see both sides come together and work something out here so we could avoid a work stoppage.

MLS players reach tentative CBA deal with league pending vote | ESPNFC
Here is a bit more on how the league and the players were able to reach a tentative new deal here.

Winners and losers from the new Concacaf Champions League format | Andrew Wiebe |
There is a lot of good out of the new CCL format with more chances for MLS teams to do something special.

Austin FC can potentially be "the most exciting MLS team in Texas" |
Our buddy Jon Arnold think that Austin FC could be the most exciting team in Texas. I actually agree with him on that considering the moves they made on the field but possibly, and more importantly, the ones they've done off the field.

FC Cincinnati signs striker Brenner from Brazil's Sao Paulo | ESPNFC
This is Barco territory for spending on a player to come to MLS, which is good to see out of Cincy here.

MLS's transfers are a sign of an emerging market for talent – The Athletic
A succession of recent moves has shown MLS to embrace its role as a selling league with European teams now more willing to buy. Our own Andres Zanotta helps explain a lot of that in this piece.

Report: LAFC to make affiliate arrangement with Las Vegas Lights FC - Angels on Parade
Sounds like black-and-gold would have quasi-MLS2 team situation.