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Big D Daily: News for Monday, June 26, 2017

No rest for the weary as FC Dallas returns to action tomorrow.

FC Dallas is finally going to be home for a couple weeks again as they round out the month of June tomorrow in the USOC. But first, let’s get into the weekend’s items.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas draws rivals Houston 1-1 | Big D Soccer
Two straight weeks with a 1-1 draw on the road. But we'll take it.

Scratching the Chalkboard: Mauro Diaz is back but defense still needs work | Big D Soccer
Even when this defense has switched off here, the team still responds well.

FC Dallas finishes out June with a frustrating, yet effective draw in Houston | Big D Soccer
Getting through June was always going to be a tough task for Oscar Pareja.

Kellyn Acosta and Matt Hedges highlight United States Gold Cup roster | Big D Soccer
No Jesse Gonzalez in this one but he appears closer to becoming a USMNT member regardless.

Baer: Mauro Diaz shows why he's so special in Texas Derby |
There were plenty of good moments from Diaz in this game, but he still has a ways to go.

A rivalry big as Texas: Houston, Dallas duel as tensions boil over |
I'm still hoping we get more rivalry-type moments from these two sides.

2017 Gold Cup Could Provide a Proving Ground for Acosta and Hedges | FC Dallas
This could be a huge summer for these two guys.

Oscar Pareja has the Dynamo figured out | Dynamo Theory
To combat Houston’s speed at home, FC Dallas made the game as scrappy as possible, and it worked.

// MLS //

Armchair Analyst: Kinnear's time is up in San Jose & more from Week 17 |
Plenty of thoughts on the Dominic Kinnear firing and some additional thoughts on how good FCD actually is (that one win in last eight is tough to get around).

San Jose part ways with Dominic Kinnear, name Chris Leitch head coach |
This is bold by San Jose but probably the right move in the end, despite the timing.

Atlanta United’s potential for greatness is maddening | Dirty South Soccer
I wonder at which point folks in Atlanta will realize they're watching an expansion team play this season. Give it times folks, give it time.

NYCFC breaks Red Bull Arena drought with big derby win |
NYCFC finally got a big road win in the NY Derby.

MLS expansion: Will four viable bids even emerge on road to 28? |
One by one, MLS's preferred destinations for expansion are falling by the wayside and experiencing difficulties in securing what's needed.

// USMNT //

United States squad for Gold Cup filled with players who have something to prove | ESPN FC
Bruce Arena's Gold Cup squad is full of young talent, experienced fringe players and guys with a point to prove this summer.