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Big D Daily: News for Friday, June 23, 2017

Game day editions of our daily links.

It is Friday and game day here as FC Dallas is getting set to take on the Houston Dynamo tonight.

// FC Dallas //

Squad Selection: Does Mauro Diaz get his first start against Houston? | Big D Soccer
The final road trip of June sees FC Dallas take on their main rivals.

Scouting Report: How FC Dallas can pick up points against the Houston Dynamo | Big D Soccer
The Texas Derby moves south to Houston as FC Dallas looks to end the Dynamo's unbeaten run at home.

What to watch for against the Houston Dynamo | Big D Soccer
Sometimes you need a bit of luck and FC Dallas could use some tonight.

FC Dallas' Mauro Diaz nearing first start since return from Achilles injury |
I think we should expect to see him tonight in the line up for sure.

Matt Hedges optimistic he'll get his US national team shot at the Gold Cup |
I think he'll get his shot to start a game or two as well.

// MLS //

Cabrera, One-on-One: Reviving the Dynamo and remembering Escobar | FourFourTwo
Everyone is loving Cabrera these days. I'm sure there are times that Oscar Pareja wishes he could have gotten him here on his staff.

Dynamo fan fetes 100th straight home game -- and doesn't live in Houston |
This is rather cool, even if this guy is a Houston fan. I wonder how many of you live outside of Dallas and have a streak like this for FCD games.

San Jose Earthquakes sign Valeri "Vako" Qazaishvili as Designated Player |
Don't ask me how to pronounce this dudes' name. Still, this looks like a solid signing on paper but it also looks like a signing that will be more for next season than this one.

James Sands signs with New York City FC as club’s first-ever Homegrown Player | Hudson River Blue
Folks in NYC are pretty happy to welcome in their first HGP.

// NASL & USL //

Another end for the Strikers | US Soccer Players
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers are now officially out of business in the NASL, the latest in an old story in American soccer.

Why U.S. soccer’s future is pro-rel, smaller markets and... muffins?! | FourFourTwo
MLS will stop at 28 teams, leaving the rest of the landscape to leagues at lower levels. Peter Wilt is pretty darn determined to make it all go pro-rel too.