What a fantastic Fourth of July weekend here in Dallas.
// FC Dallas //
Dallas got back on track (again) with another win this past weekend. Mauro Diaz was the main reason why.
Maybe it was the new contract that Diaz needed to sign to get back to his old ways.
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 //
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.
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 //
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.
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.
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.
Classy move having both players lift the trophy at the end of it all.
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.