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Big D Daily: News for Monday, June 12, 2017

USMNT get a big draw in Mexico. FC Dallas falls on the road to Portland.

While the US got a draw this past weekend in Mexico, we saw our own FC Dallas fall flat on the road in Portland.

// FC Dallas //

Talking Points: A rotated FC Dallas loses to Portland | Big D Soccer
One of these days Cristian Colman is going to score a dazzling goal. Maybe. Or not.

Scratching the Chalkboard: Mismatched CB Pairing Dooms Dallas | Big D Soccer
When you have a rookie paired with a guy that used to be a striker, things are bound to be a bit shaky.

With busy stretch on tap, Timbers put depth on display in win vs. FC Dallas |
This game showed that our defensive depth just isn't there. Yet. But Walker Hume showed he could be a solid player for this team down the line if the need is there.

// MLS //

Brad Guzan returns to Major League Soccer with Atlanta United | ESPN FC
I don't think he'll be anywhere near what Tim Howard was for Colorado last year but Guzan could still be a big player for Atlanta late in this season.

Rumor: Zlatan to Join the Galaxy | LAG Confidential
No contract with ManU leaves the door open for a MLS trip next year. I still think LAFC will end up with him but the arms race with them and the Galaxy could be fun to watch.

MLS and USL: A 21st Century Odd Couple | RSL Soapbox
How has the partnership between MLS and USL fared and evolved over the past four years? Here is a pretty good look at it all.

// USMNT //

Armchair Analyst: US take a page from Costa Rica's book in draw at Mexico |
It wasn't a pretty game in any respect but at the end of the night, if you get a draw in Mexico you did your job.

Mexico draw another step in USMNT rebuilding its team essence |
Bruce Arena had a plan that involved unusual players in an atypical USMNT formation, but it was executed well in Mexico.

USMNT Player Ratings: Michael Bradley, Geoff Cameron step up against Mexico |
I feel like Bruce Arena had the right veterans on the field for this one last night.

Bradley: Arena has restored US identity | FourFourTwo
While that identity may not be the prettiest game on the field, it is effective enough to get what we want out of this group.