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Big D Daily: News for Friday, June 9, 2017

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The US pick up a much-needed win last night in qualifying.

The weekend is finally here as FC Dallas is getting set to take on Portland.

// FC Dallas //

What to watch for against the Portland Timbers | Big D Soccer
Portland still has a lot of weapons in the attack, though they haven't been scoring as well lately.

Three questions on the Portland Timbers with Stumptown Footy | Big D Soccer
We got with the SBN Portland site to see what the Timbers have in store for us this weekend.

Squad Selection: What will that backline look like against Portland? | Big D Soccer
Two key players out on national team duty, one big injury sees a lot of changes coming. Who are you starting?

ALL-STAR: Five Reasons to Vote for 2016 MLS Defender of the Year Matt Hedges | FC Dallas
He's arguably the best center back in MLS today. So why wouldn't you vote for him?

// MLS //

Minnesota United Targets Ecuadorian Playmaker Miller Bolaños | FiftyFive.One
I remember his Chivas USA days but he would be a great fit for a few teams in this league.

// USMNT //

Bruce Arena sees a solidifying USMNT squad that could break Azteca curse |
Is this the group to actually do it? I don't know but I am certainly happy to see it play out that way.

Armchair Analyst: Quick and steady wins the race for US vs. T&T |
The US didn't look great at times last night but the second half opened things up nicely for the team to pick up the three big points.

USMNT is Pulisic's team now, but his greatest test yet awaits at Azteca | FourFourTwo
Christian Pulisic has risen to every occasion thus far, but Mexico City is a whole new challenge. I say if he helps get us a win there this weekend, he'll instantly become a legend.

Christian Pulisic: USMNT's must-see attraction has no limits |
The kid continues to be the real deal. Its fun to watch where he takes this team too.

Breaking down the U.S. performances against Trinidad & Tobago |
Christian Pulisic and Darlington Nagbe were the catalysts behind a second-half push for three points.