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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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Only a couple more days until FC Dallas is back on the field.

The week rolls into Wednesday here as FC Dallas continues to prepare for Montreal this weekend.

// FC Dallas //

Three FC Dallas players earn 2017 All-Star nominations | Big D Soccer
FC Dallas will be well represented at this year’s friendly against Real Madrid. I think the big surprise for some people was Hernan Grana.

Quick Burns: What areas do you want to see FC Dallas improve on in the second half of the season? | Big D Soccer
With the second half of the season upon us here, there are still some areas that the club could gain some improvements in.

FC Dallas Returns After Short Break to Face Montreal Impact on the Road | FC Dallas
FCD will be back in action this weekend in Montreal (who also play tonight). Things will still be interesting with the guys out on Gold Cup duty.

ALL-STAR: Oscar Pareja on FC Dallas Trio Selected to 2017 MLS All-Star Game | FC Dallas
Papi gives us his thoughts on the three players selected to the ASG.

// MLS //

Armchair Analyst: My terrible preseason predictions, revisited |
I know people like to poke fun at Matt Doyle for his comments at times but at least he is a good sport at poking back at himself for silly predictions.

Boehm: The 5 biggest 2017 MLS All-Star snubs |
I think these five certainly had the biggest case of being the top snubs.

Five to sign: Imports who could shore up leaky MLS defenses | FourFourTwo
I say defense wins titles but getting the right defender to come into this league is never an easy thing.

Cash-grab friendlies are midsummer nightmares for MLS’ image | FourFourTwo
I'm very thankful FCD didn't try to squeeze one of these cash-grabs in over the last week. You have to wonder if they had crashed out of the USOC sooner if they would have considered it.

MLS icons, Carlos Valderrama: The brightest star of MLS 1.0 | FourFourTwo
I have to say, El Pibe was one of the reasons why I got excited about MLS when I was a kid back when the league first launched.

Montreal on the verge of acquiring Deian Boldor on loan from Bologna FC | Mount Royal Soccer
Montreal continues to rely on their Italian connections to get players.

// USMNT //

USMNT enlists replacements to win 2017 Gold Cup title |
A title or bust mentality for this Gold Cup is a good type mentality to have if you ask me.

USA vs. El Salvador, 2017 Gold Cup: What to watch for | Stars and Stripes FC
Can we get more Matt Hedges and Kellyn Acosta please? Also, getting a cap for Jesse Gonzalez would be pretty sweet too.