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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, July 18, 2017

FC Dallas returns to work as they get ready for a trip to Montreal this weekend.

The Gold Cup break is pretty much over for MLS sides as a couple of midweek games are on tap for tomorrow night. But first let’s get into to some links.

// FC Dallas //

Clavijo: Discusses Kellyn Acosta’s future with FC Dallas | Big D Soccer
We know the time is probably sooner rather than later but at the end of the day, we just need to enjoy the ride as much as we can.

MONDAY MAILBAG: Goalkeeping Depth on Display, Trophy Priority and more | FC Dallas
Another good week of questions in the FCD mailbag. Good points made about Chris Seitz getting a chance with Jesse Gonzalez being out.

FC Dallas Runs Out Of Time Against Atlanta United In U-16 Title Match | FC Dallas
FCD fell short of a third straight U-16 title over the weekend. Close match with Atlanta but some of our HGPs looked good in the process.

Summer 2017 MLS Transfer Window Tracker: FC Dallas |
Here is a nice tracker of the summer rumors surrounding FCD. Clavijo also denied any talks with two recent rumors, which leads me to believe it was mostly agents talking it up.

// MLS //

2017 Midseason Awards | Who's leading the MLS MVP field? |
It is a very East heavy race right now for the MVP according to the league's website. I can't say I disagree with any of it either, no one out West has stepped up enough this year.

Expansion, big spending, smart bosses: How the West lost its edge in MLS | FourFourTwo
This article is packed with stuff, including the interview with Clavijo that we mention above. The note on the West losing it's edge against the East is really fascinating stuff.

Seattle Sounders staff shift from scouting to player negotiations | Sounder At Heart
Seattle folks are curious to find out who their next DP will be here this summer.

Five to sign: Goalkeepers who could change MLS fortunes | FourFourTwo
While I don't disagree with the thought of this, I can't see many if any MLS teams spending money on a foreign keeper this summer.

Houston Dynamo sign Tomas Martinez from Braga as third designated player | ESPN FC
Houston picked up their latest DP yesterday afternoon. That midfield is very crowded there now.