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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, June 21, 2018

Some Open Cup results on a busy soccer Wednesday.

Soccer: World Cup-Portugal vs Morocco Witters Sport-USA TODAY Sports

The week is getting closer to being finished here as FC Dallas is getting ready to head to New York for their weekend match.

// FC Dallas //

Power Rankings: FC Dallas holds steady - Big D Soccer
Despite losing in the Open Cup, FC Dallas holds steady in the latest rankings.

Focus Turns to MLS for FC Dallas After Open Cup Loss | FC Dallas
The boys head to the Big Apple again tomorrow, looking to return home with something other than a loss on this trip.

Stadium Lease Snapshot with FC Dallas and Frisco: Together Forever – SOCCERESQ
Ever wanted to know how FCD's stadium lease was handled? This is a good snapshot of all the legal talk you can handle.

// MLS //

Open Cup Blessings: LAFC 3, Sacramento Republic FC 2 - Angels on Parade
LAFC nearly gave Sacramento the game but a late goal helped push the expansion side through to the quarterfinals (that they'll host against Portland).

Never Tell Me The Odds: Atlanta United 0, Chicago Fire 1, USOC Round 5 Recap - Hot Time In Old Town
In front of a record USOC crowd, Chicago pulled the upset in Atlanta. Chicago just loves the Open Cup I guess.

Orlando City vs. D.C. United, U.S. Open Cup: Final Score 1-1 with Lions Advancing on Penalties - The Mane Land
The Lions are through to the quarterfinals after taking DCU to penalty kicks.

Recap: Louisville City vs. Nashville SC 06/20/2018 | Matchcenter
The non-MLS match of the night saw Louisville advance over newcomers Nashville.

// World Cup //

World Cup 2018: If you could give 1 player a new team, who do you pick? -
The possibilities here are fun if you are into these sorts of things.

World Cup 2018: Say goodbye to lovable (and doomed) Morocco -
Morocco was a fun team to watch in their first two games. They deserved better but that is how the World Cup goes sometimes.

World Cup 2018: Iran goal vs. Spain disallowed because everything is unfair -
That call was certainly one to scratch your head at.

World Cup How Nigeria can beat Iceland | ESPNFC
The loss to Croatia has left Nigeria needing to beat Iceland to keep their World Cup hopes alive. Here are three ways they can do just that.

World Cup: Spain, Portugal, Uruguay win 1-0; Ronaldo scores again |
The three powers all secured important 1-0 victories, while Uruguay and Russia are confirmed in the last 16 and Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Morocco have all been eliminated after two matches.