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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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Half of the World Cup final is now set.

Belgium v France: Semi Final - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

We’re getting down to the nitty gritty at the World Cup with just one semifinal to play today before Sunday’s final.

// FC Dallas //

Three things that has shaped FC Dallas’ season so far in 2018 - Big D Soccer
Three regular season losses has FCD in a prime position but there are some things that the club does need to improve on here.

BRIMSTONE CUP: A 20-Year History of FC Dallas and the Chicago Fire | FC Dallas
I asked this question a couple years ago, but I feel like asking again. Does the Brimstone Cup still matter? It does have some history tied to it.

// MLS //

Doyle and Warshaw on your team's biggest needs as transfer window opens | MLSsoccer.com
Saying that FCD needs to test the trade market for Kellyn Acosta is pretty bold. I'd hate to see that happen.

Loons add second DP in 29 year old Colombian Striker, Angelo Rodriguez - E Pluribus Loonum
Minnesota United added their second signing of the summer transfer window yesterday, by snagging a DP forward.

Derby defeat not even the apex of a grim week - Once A Metro
From a departure to an injury, a costly error and an unhappy player, the Red Bulls had their worst week of the season.

// World Cup //

France vs. Belgium result: Final score 1-0, Kylian Mbappe stars as Les Bleus make World Cup final - SBNation.com
Kylian Mbappe dazzled and France’s defense impressed in their semifinal victory.

Brazil's World Cup campaign brought both disappointment and hope | Goal.com
Unlike the humiliation of 2014, this year fans suffered with the defeat to Belgium but have recognized the good work carried out in the Selecao.

'Croatia need more from Luka Modric in World Cup semi-final clash' | Goal.com
Former Dinamo Zagreb manager Vahid Halilhodzic has called on Luka Modric to deliver more for Croatia as they prepare to face England in Wednesday's World Cup semi-final.

France reaches World Cup final with familiar blueprint, identity | SI.com
Didier Deschamps is resistant to the comparisons, but France has carved out a familiar identity to his 1998 championship side in finding World Cup success and reaching the final 20 years later.

World Cup: Set piece goals define Russia 2018 | SI.com
The flurry of World Cup goals coming off corners and free kicks suggests that teams are at last grasping the opportunity presented on set pieces.