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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, July 22, 2015

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It is getting hotter and hotter here in Texas.

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This week continues to move on through the Texas heat as FC Dallas gets set to host Portland.

// FC Dallas //

FCD trio in Homegrown Game show need for USL team | Dallas Morning News

Yes, yes and yes. I don't think any of us can stress the importance of this enough. Hopefully next week during all the All-Star festivities the Hunts talk with other owners in the league that are using a USL squad to see how big of an impact it is for them. I mean just look at NY and LA and what they're getting out of their squads. I feel another article coming on about that topic.

Craft pleased with first year with FCD | Dallas Morning News

He has battled through some injuries and some national team call ups but Craft is progressing nicely from what some coaches have told me.

U-16s take home awards | FCDallas.com

Lots of FCD players on the All XI team, plus those awards the team picked up, nice. Best Style of Play award and Most Comprehensive Club, I don't even know what that second one really means but awesome.

// MLS //

Lassiter recounts record season | MLSSoccer.com

One of the biggest reasons why I got into MLS when the league started up was because of players like Roy Lassiter and teams like the Tampa Bay Mutiny.

20 years of life in MLS | MLSSoccer.com

Greg Lalas recounts a lot from his time with the league as both a player and a writer.

What is next for Luis Gil and what can RSL do? | RSL Soapbox

Gil was always seen as the second coming in Salt Lake but the last year or so he has fallen off a bit. Maybe it was the change in coaching to Jeff Cassar or maybe teams have just figured this young player out. He's one of those guys that I would love to see Oscar Pareja get his hands on though.

Chicago want Drogba | Hot Time In Old Town

Will this be another year that the Fire lose out on another big DP? My gut tells me they won't this time.

// Gold Cup //

Why you shouldn't worry about the USMNT's Gold Cup performances | SBNation.com

Some good commentary here about how past tournaments have been for the US compared to this one.

US expects Jamaica's best shot tonight | SI.com

Out of the two semifinals, this one is definitely the tougher of the two in my opinion. No disrespect to Blas Perez and Panama but I don't think Mexico should have any trouble beating them.