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Big D Daily: News for Monday, July 6, 2015

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What a fantastic Fourth of July weekend here in Dallas.

// FC Dallas //

Diaz scores rare free kick goal in win | Dallas Morning News

Dallas got back on track (again) with another win this past weekend. Mauro Diaz was the main reason why.

Super Mario lifts FCD |

Maybe it was the new contract that Diaz needed to sign to get back to his old ways.

Diaz was the difference maker in win |

Yep, all the love for Diaz this weekend and rightfully so as he helped contribute to all three goals in the win over New England.

// MLS //

Week 18 thoughts and notes |

Matt Doyle checks in with his usual weekend recap of sorts and in this one he highlights the play of Victor Ulloa and Kellyn Acosta and how they dominated the passing game on Saturday. He also had a good mention of the pass from Diaz to Michael Barrios on the third goal.

Gerrard predicts a success with LA |

He bought all the supporters beer on his first weekend with the club. Now the real fun begins in the coming days as he starts to train with his new team.

// Women's World Cup //

Lloyd turns in a final for the ages |

I mean two goals in the first five minutes was something but to get a hat trick 16 minutes in was something I've never seen before. She is such a special player.

Jill Ellis knew what she was doing all along |

She didn't have to come out and say 'how do you like me now?', following the win but I think all the doubts are away after the last three games from the US.

Every American athlete lost it during the US's crazy start |

Sitting at home watching this game, I don't think anyone could have dreamed up a better start for the US. I also cannot tell you how difficult that first goal was to defend too for Japan. A low corner kick like that is not what you'd normally expect. Perfect call from the US.

Wambach and Rampone go out as champions |

Classy move having both players lift the trophy at the end of it all.

Lloyd's popularity soars with hat trick |

Between the various MLS clubs and players claiming her as a discovery player to probably the various brands that are ready to give her endorsement deals, Carli Lloyd picked a great time to score three goals.