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Big D Daily: News for Friday, July 7, 2017

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How’s that long weekend looking for you?

The weekend is here as FC Dallas gets back to work as they prep for next week’s USOC match.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas signs Michael Barrios to a new contract | Big D Soccer
The team leader in assists is locked in for a few more years. Much deserved.

Michael Barrios Hopes to Continue Emergence with New Contract in His New Home | FC Dallas
I would argue that this season he is the team's most underrated player.

Kellyn Acosta Joins the Men In Blazers Podcast | FC Dallas
We need more people to get on the #YearOfKellyn hype train.

// MLS //

Armchair Analyst: Contenders, the Hunt & all 22 MLS teams by tier revisited | MLSsoccer.com
The big question for FCD isn't wrong but as long someone else does step up in the scoring to help with Urruti and Lamah.

Orlando City coach Jason Kreis calls home officiating "unacceptable" | MLSsoccer.com
Hmm....cry me a river much?

5 Names from the Allocation List that the Revs could sign | The Bent Musket
New England needs some help...but this allocation list is worth diving into for FCD.

First half of 2017 MLS season sees East rise to power, traditional giants fall | ESPN FC
Even by MLS standards, the first half of the 2017 season has been unpredictable. Some how the East has emerged as the slightly better conference.

Jesse Fioranelli, One-on-One: The man who aims to remake the Quakes into Silicon Valley FC | FourFourTwo
While I don't want another FC team in the league, it wouldn't be the worst to see a team called Silicon Valley FC. But the interview is pretty interesting.

One-man armies: The 5 most irreplaceable stars in MLS | FourFourTwo
This feels like a little Eastern Conference biased (I mean where is Mauro Diaz?) but these five are tough to replace.