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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, July 6, 2017

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FC Dallas enjoys a couple days off before getting back to work for SKC next Tuesday.

The middle of summer is starting to creep in as MLS breaks for a couple weeks for the Gold Cup.

// FC Dallas //

Depth continues to shine through for FC Dallas after two home wins | Big D Soccer
The offense continues to hum along nicely as Mauro Diaz returns to form. But lets not sleep on the value of Michael Barrios or Maxi Urruti right now.

Mauro Diaz’s return proves to be the difference maker for FC Dallas | Big D Soccer
FCD is an entirely different team with Super Mauro back on the field. That much we know.

FC Dallas' Michael Barrios takes top spot on assist leaderboard | MLSsoccer.com
His speed is one thing but his vision on the ball has drastically increased this season and the result has been pretty awesome to watch unfold.

// MLS //

Toronto FC, Chicago Fire on historic pace heading into Gold Cup break | MLSsoccer.com
At least one, if not both, are going to hit a dip in form and play this summer. As good as they have been lately, time will catch up to them at some point. And in Chicago's case, their depth issues will show up.

Portland Timbers Winless in Five as They Draw Chicago Fire 2-2 | Stumptown Footy
Chicago continues to find ways to get points on the road, and this one was more impressive despite how poor Portland has been as of late.

Sebastian Giovinco and Toronto FC find a recipe for road success | Waking The Red
Toronto looks really strong (again) these days as they found a way to pick up three big points on the road in Orlando.

Gonzalo Veron guides New York to late win over New England | Once A Metro
Two rare moments in RBNY history in the same game: a Veron goal and a win in New England.

Vancouver Whitecaps 3, New York City FC 2: Wasteful night ends Blues’ win streak | Hudson River Blue
Not a great way to enter a two-week break for a team that people were starting to get really high on here.

Dynamo return home and dominate Montreal | Dynamo Theory
Houston still knows how to win at home here as Montreal looked lost in the Texas heat.

And the next great MLS coach is… ignored: What we're missing in NASL, USL | FourFourTwo
There are plenty of quotes in this one from Fernando Clavijo but the overall point of the piece is worth reading.