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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, January 4, 2022

The Pepi move is now official as FC Dallas now turns to figuring out how to replace him.

MLS: Seattle Sounders FC at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The transfer saga over Ricardo Pepi is over and in all honesty, it was done much quicker than I anticipated it would. Now FC Dallas has a couple of weeks before the preseason starts to continue filling out their roster for the new season.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas transfers Ricardo Pepi to FC Augsburg - Big D Soccer
The move is now official as Pepi leaves on a record deal. We discuss the move along with some quotes from Dan Hunt and Andre Zanotta.

Report: FC Dallas acquire Spanish goalkeeper - Big D Soccer
While FCD does need a couple of backup keepers for 2021, I do not enjoy seeing them waste an international roster slot in the process.

Ricardo Pepi transfers to Augsburg in record move for FC Dallas | The Striker Texas
The forward became a starter for FCD in the summer and repeated the feat for the USMNT in the fall. Now the winter sees him move to the Bundesliga in a $20 million deal.

FC Dallas must back Pepi sale with first-team reinforcements to keep fans on board | The Striker Texas
Selling the star forward is the right move, but if FCD doesn't follow the move with strong acquisitions, it risks fans losing interest, writes Jon Arnold.

The Rise of Ricardo Pepi | FC Dallas
Pepi's rise over the last couple of seasons has been impressive to say the least.

Inside Ricardo Pepi's transfer to Augsburg & what's next for FC Dallas | MLSSoccer.com
It goes without saying that FC Dallas was in no rush to lose Ricardo Pepi. But when the kid started to get offers that they could pass up, it made sense. Now it will be all about spending that money wisely.

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Daryl Dike, Ricardo Pepi transfers point to rising tide in MLS | MLSSoccer.com
After a year or so of covid-related transfers not being what teams expected (at least in terms of price), MLS is finally back to selling young players for big sums of money.

Top 10 most expensive outbound transfers in MLS history | MLSSoccer.com
It is kind of wild to see two FC Dallas players on this list.

LAFC go for the known — and unknown — with Steve Cherundolo - Angels on Parade
It is a bold move, something LAFC is all about, as they hire their second manager ever.

The Red Bulls vs NYCFC in 2022 | US Soccer Players
The New York Red Bulls find themselves in an interesting position this season, chasing the reigning MLS Cup champions across the river.

The Sebastian Blanco Contract Saga - Stumptown Footy
Once thought to be done and dusted, the Argentine star and the Portland Timbers are now in a high-profile contract negotiation that could end in Blanco leaving the Rose City.

Report: D.C. United interested in Wisła Kraków winger Yaw Yeboah - Black And Red United
I do wish more MLS sides could scout African players better these days.

This Off-Season Will Show the Wilfs’ Willingness to Invest in Orlando City - The Mane Land
We’ll soon know what the Wilf family’s true intentions are with regard to spending to improve the Lions.

Houston Dynamo FC announce Paulo Nagamura as fifth head coach in club history | The Striker Texas
Nagamura has spent the last few years in KC as their coach in the USL. Nice to see him get a chance with an MLS side.

Alex Ring contract extension makes Austin FC captain a DP | The Striker Texas
A new contract for Austin FC captain makes him a designated player and locks him in through at least 2023.