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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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FC Dallas continues to prepare for their Friday night clash with Houston.

Let the rivalry week begin (again) here as FC Dallas is getting set to take on Houston this Friday.

// FC Dallas //

The Original Texas Derby Matches: 50 years ago this month | Big D Soccer
Did you know this kind of rivalry really does date this far back?

Quick Burns: Is FC Dallas’ partnership with OKC Energy a bust? | Big D Soccer
Two seasons with OKC and the return value has been debatable. I still believe at the end of the day it has allowed FCD to do what they wanted it to do.

ALL-STAR: Five Reasons to Vote for FC Dallas winger Michael Barrios | FC Dallas
While I think it is a long shot to get Barrios at the ASG this year, I do appreciate how well his game has progressed in 2017.

What Mauro Diaz's return means for FC Dallas | Analyst's Den | MLSsoccer.com
I do have a gut-feeling that we'll see Diaz get a start on Friday.

// MLS //

No risk, no success: How Wilmer Cabrera is changing Houston | MLS Insider | MLSsoccer.com
No doubt that Houston will be a tough challenge this week but rivalry games do have that element of unpredictability to them.

The MLS Wrap: Rapids rolling despite stats, the Fire's big road win and more | Goal.com
There are plenty of good notes in this one on Colorado's recent form and how Chicago finally got a decent road win.

NYCFC Red Bulls fight for supremacy produces rapid rise in fan intensity | ESPN FC
While I still feel like this rivalry has been more manufactured than organically grown, there is a good intensity about it that I am starting to like.

D.C. United officially signs Deshorn Brown | Black And Red United
Houston got a good chunk of allocation in this deal as DCU gambles on Deshorn Brown being anything that he once was in Colorado.

Toronto FC’s lineup in Montreal will show how much they value the Voyageurs Cup | Waking The Red
The Canadian Championship is about to get underway here but just how serious are Toronto and Montreal taking it?

// US Soccer //

Former USWNT head coach Tony DiCicco passes away | Stars and Stripes FC
I must say it was a sad, sad day for US Soccer yesterday with this news.