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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Will today be the day that FC Dallas announces some big roster upgrades?

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MLS: Minnesota United FC at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

So far, the preseason appears to be moving along nicely for FC Dallas under new manager Nico Estevez. But everyone is waiting on two deals that appear to be crossing the finish line for Alan Velasco and Paul Arriola. Time will tell if today is the day that we hear about one or both of those deals.

// FC Dallas //

Striker Sit-down: Life outside of soccer with FC Dallas goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer | The Striker Texas
The Striker MLS Podcast pals spoke with FC Dallas goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer about the MLS off-season, as well as his life outside of soccer.

// MLS //

Sources: DC United, Wolfsburg agree on transfer for Kevin Paredes | MLSSoccer.com
The make-over in DC has been pretty crazy these last couple of weeks as one of their young HGPs is about to be sold.

10 MLS players primed for a Year 2 bump in 2022 | MLSSoccer.com
You don't see any FCD players on this list but I would hope that Szabolcs Schon or Jader Obrian can work their way into something like this.

MLS reinstates Sporting KC midfielder Felipe Hernandez from suspension | MLSSoccer.com
Hopefully, Hernandez got the help he needed over the last few months.

Timbers sign goalkeeper Justin Vom Steeg - Stumptown Footy
The former LA Galaxy man will likely serve as Portland’s third keeper on the depth chart.

Report: Revs close to filling U-22 roster spot - The Bent Musket
The Revolution are on the verge of making their first U-22 initiative signing.

// USMNT //

Tyler Adams: USMNT midfield can "dominate games” with Weston McKennie & Yunus Musah | MLSSoccer.com
While the weather could be a factor in these games, the talent gap the US has compared to their next three opponents in the midfield is pretty big.

The USMNT arranged frigid World Cup qualifiers, which could be a boost…or a risk – The Athletic
Temperatures in Columbus, Hamilton, Ont. and St. Paul are all expected to be in the teens at the highest, occasionally with snow.

How should the USMNT rotate for January WCQ? - Stars and Stripes FC
The roster is out, and we’re past the halfway point in qualifying. Berhalter will need to be smart with his lineup choices these next couple of games.