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Big D Daily: News for Friday, June 15, 2018

Russia got the World Cup started off to a big bang!

Soccer: World Cup-Russia vs Saudi Arabia Witters Sport-USA TODAY Sports

The World Cup is finally here as things began in Russia yesterday.

// FC Dallas //

What lineup will work best for FC Dallas against Sporting KC? - Big D Soccer
After a full week of training, will Oscar Pareja be able to put out his best side?

Stejskal: Clavijo dishes on FC Dallas' 2017 lessons, summer transfer window |
Fernando gives us some very candid comments about last summer and what they learned from it.

HOW THEY GOT HERE: FC Dallas, Sporting Kansas City Will Meet in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for Second Consecutive Year | FC Dallas
It feels like Groundhog's Day each year now when we play SKC In the Open Cup.

// MLS //

San Jose Earthquakes acquire Georgian center back Guram Kashia via TAM |
San Jose continues to sign some random guys to big contracts out of Europe.

Warshaw: Which MLS player will have the best 2018 World Cup? |
Yeah, it almost has to be Mexico in this one.

Raul Ruidiaz transfer news: Monarcas Morelia say move is complete - Sounder At Heart
Sounders decline to comment, leaving Peruvian’s situation in a bit of limbo but this one seems like a done deal.

Michael Bradley admits Toronto FC's 'long season' has taken a toll | Pro Soccer USA
Michael Bradley admitted Toronto FC was feeling the effects of its many ups and downs this season after a 4-4 tie with D.C. United at BMO Field on Wednesday.

Orlando City's attack just isn't the same during six-match losing streak | Pro Soccer USA
Orlando's season has been one crazy stretch followed by another.

United bid victory has MLS and USMNT players excited for lead-up to 2018 |
Now that we know the World Cup is returning to the States, it has us all counting down the days.

// World Cup //

Luis Suarez could be Uruguay’s World Cup hero if he stops being a villain -
We may never see Uruguay at its full potential with Luis Suarez, and that’s Luis Suarez’s fault.

Russia vs. Saudi Arabia: Alan Dzagoev injury a blessing in disguise -
If Alan Dzagoev didn’t go down, we wouldn’t have seen Denis Cheryshev’s amazing goals.