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Big D Daily: News for Friday, July 14, 2017

The nice Gold Cup break heads into the weekend.

I don’t know about you all but this Gold Cup break is pretty nice, what are your weekend plans with FC Dallas off?

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas vs Sporting Kansas City: What we learned | Big D Soccer
FC Dallas needs to figure out how to get their attack more consistent. But mostly that comes down to a couple players stepping up again.

Report: FC Dallas attempting to land Maxi Rodriguez | Big D Soccer
Rodriguez seems like an expensive option to chase but I wouldn't mind adding to our midfield wing depths here.

A Personal Favorite: Dak Prescott Shares His Love for FC Dallas on Pro Football Talk | FC Dallas
FCD is smart to align a bit more with their new Frisco neighbors in the Cowboys.

Maynor Figueroa Will Play In A Familiar Setting With Honduras | FC Dallas
Who is heading out to see these games tonight, and to cheer on Maynor?

// MLS //

Strength of Schedule Rankings: How hard is your team's remaining schedule? | MLSsoccer.com
For now, FCD is in the middle of the pack in terms of strength of schedule remaining. Honestly, that is about where I would rather be at this stage.

MLS officials to visit Raleigh, North Carolina FC on July 19 | MLSsoccer.com
Raleigh is still a market that feels odd to me in this race. Maybe they can impress us with this visit.

Armchair Analyst: Midseason grades for all 22 MLS teams | MLSsoccer.com
Just like the FCD grade states, they're in good shape to contend for a MLS Cup here this season.

Bradley Wright-Phillips fires New York Red Bulls past 10-man New England Revolution in US Open Cup - Once A Metro
For the first time since 2003, the Red Bulls are in the semifinals of US Open Cup. Now they wait on that Cincy-Miami winner that got rained out the other night.

Chicago and Houston massive turnarounds among MLS biggest surprises | ESPN FC
Chicago and Houston finished last in their respective conferences a year ago, but thanks to some savvy signings both are suddenly contenders in MLS.

LA Galaxy tight-lipped on Ibrahimovic after talk of 'huge' announcement | FourFourTwo
Curt Onalfo responded to growing speculation linking LA Galaxy with free agent Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Honestly, it probably isn't going to happen this year.