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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, June 19, 2018

European teams continue to shine at this year’s World Cup.

Soccer: World Cup-Sweden vs South Korea Witters Sport-USA TODAY Sports

The World Cup is almost done with the first day of group stage matches as we’ve seen some great games so far.

// FC Dallas //

Is FC Dallas still Mauro Diaz dependent? - Big D Soccer
Without Diaz on Saturday, FC Dallas managed to create some chances but once again the question becomes can they win without him?

East Stand View: Blue Heck - Big D Soccer
Name a worst place for FCD to go than Kansas City. We’ll sit back and wait for your response.

FCD MAILBAG: Defensive Mid Trios and Playing in the Heat vs. Cold | FC Dallas
The age old question of playing in hot versus cold is always a fun one but I'd rather play in cooler weather. That is just me though.

// MLS //

Manotas rises up to see Dynamo through to the Quarterfinals of the US Open Cup in win over Minnesota - Dynamo Theory
Well, it looks like Houston will get a chance to host SKC in the next round after winning last night. Yuck.

Reyna: Young Americans' playing time should be earned, not gifted in MLS | MLSsoccer.com
This is the kind of comment I've heard for years from various coaches and technical directors in MLS.

MLS unveils Atlanta-inspired jersey for 2018 All-Star Game pres. by Target | MLSsoccer.com
Yay? I don't know man, these are kind of weird.

Prior to Jason Kreis' firing, Will Johnson stressed decision making for Orlando City | Pro Soccer USA
Orlando City midfielder Will Johnson said decision making has played in important role in the club's franchise-record losing streak.

// World Cup //

Zlatan Ibrahimovic snub: Henrik Larsson reveals why LA Galaxy striker wasn’t picked for Sweden at World Cup 2018 | Goal.com
Never coming out of retirement seems like a fairly valid excuse here.

FIFA opens disciplinary proceedings over alleged Mexico homophobic chants | Goal.com
It is sad that these chants are still a thing.

World Cup 2018: Belgium, England, Sweden continue Europe's success | SI.com
As some might have expected, the European teams are doing very well so far at this World Cup.

Iceland: 99.6% of nation's TV viewers watched World Cup opener | SI.com
That is an insane amount of people in one country to stop what they were doing and watch.