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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, July 10, 2014

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FCD advances to the semifinals of the USOC.

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After last night's results in the USOC, it will be an all-MLS affair when the semifinals kickoff next month. But more on that in a little bit.

// FC Dallas //

Offensive explosion leads to FCD's big win | FCDallas.com

When the offense is clicking like this, I don't see too many teams stopping FCD right now. Except for maybe the schedule, they're off this weekend in league play. But that is okay.

Castillo continues to be dangerous | MLSSoccer.com

So glad he is able to play outside of his suspension. One goal and two assists last night. The dude is just killing it.

// MLS //

Semifinal pairings revealed | MLSSoccer.com

FCD gets Philly while the Sounders will host Chicago. I like FCD's chances at getting into the finals here. We'll know soon enough if they'll be able to host it.

Red card costs Portland in loss to Seattle | MLSSoccer.com

The Timbers made a game of it but the Sounders were able to flex their muscles in overtime. The red card to Diego Chara was a game changer though.

Xavi still in the mix for NYCFC? | MLSSoccer.com

That would be another interesting signing for the new club.

KC keeper out two months with fractured hand | The Blue Testament

Well that stinks, I'm pretty sure I've been using this guy in goal on my Fantasy team for weeks now. Injuries keep piling up for the defending champs.

Orlando cracking down on supporters groups | Orlando Sentinelome fans were rowdy after a win over a rival, so now the new expansion side is having to crack the whip.

// World Cup //

What happened in Brazil on Wednesday | SBNation.com

The finals are set, but boy was yesterday's semifinal a dud. I wonder how happy FIFA is that they got Lio Messi into the final though. I'm sure they are beyond giddy.

The US isn't a superpower but they could be | Philly.com

Another take on how the US could improve their game. Good stuff here though as it brings out some interesting points.