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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, July 5, 2017

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FC Dallas heads into the Gold Cup break with a pair of big wins.

The last few days have been hectic for FC Dallas but the six points in the bank sure make it feel a lot better.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas overcomes early DC United goal, doesn’t look back en route to 4-2 Independence Day victory | Big D Soccer
Once again, there were plenty of fireworks on display from FC Dallas.

Zimmerman Comes Back From Injury in Fourth Of July Victory | FC Dallas
The one big surprise last night was seeing Walker Zimmerman return to the lineup for the first time since late May. I honestly thought they'd hold out on him until after the Gold Cup break.

Maxi-mizing Opportunity: Urruti becoming top-notch striker FC Dallas seeks |
Like we said earlier this season, Urruti may be that 15-goal scorer this year that we've been waiting for.

FC Dallas Offense Finds Form During Home Stand | FC Dallas
Lamah continues to score in bunches. Maxi is en route to a 17 or 18 goal season. And Barrios now leads the league in assists.

D.C. United score first, but fall 4-2 to FC Dallas | Black And Red United
I'm sure United fans were happy with the goals from Ian Harkes and Deshorn Brown but that was about all they could enjoy last night.

// MLS //

Baer: Consider expansion side Atlanta United an MLS Cup contender |
MLS Cup contender? Oh come on. They still have a long way to go for that. Call me when they beat Toronto, SKC, FCD, or even Chicago on the road.

LA Galaxy embarrassed by Real Salt Lake in ugly 6-2 defeat | LAG Confidential
Embarrassing was really the only word that was used to describe this one from the LA side of things.

Why the deck is stacked against lower-league stars' jump to MLS | FourFourTwo
Some of this is really interesting thinking. If you dive into the NASL and USL, you'll find some gems that could work well in MLS but getting them there is always the challenge.

David Villa and Chicago Fire clean up in ESPN FC's MLS Midseason Awards | ESPN FC
With the MLS season about to break for the Gold Cup, it is the time of year when you start discussing some midseason awards.

Rapids vs. Sounders, recap: Clint Dempsey scores Deuce | Sounder At Heart
Beaten and battered, Sounders may have gotten the season-defining win they’ve been looking for.