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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, July 12, 2018

This weekend’s World Cup final is now all set.

England v Croatia: Semi Final - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

The weekend is getting closer and closer here as we now have the finals set at the World Cup in Russia.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas Able to Adapt Marquinhos Pedroso Slowly Thanks to Back-Line Flexibility | FC Dallas
The age old 'be patient' with summer signings is here with Pedroso. For one thing, his paperwork hasn't yet arrived, which means we may not see him on Saturday against Chicago.

ACADEMY: Girls' U-15 Team to Face Legends FC in Inaugural Academy U-15 Championship | FC Dallas
The young lady hoops are doing well on the national scene. Good to see their side of the ball getting some recognition these days.

// MLS //

Armchair Analyst: Handing out the grades for every team at midseason | MLSsoccer.com
The comment on moving on from Maynor Figueroa at left back can't happen soon enough in my book either.

Stejskal: New York Red Bulls' Tyler Adams close to move to RB Leipzig | MLSsoccer.com
We all saw this one coming when Jesse Marsch left for Germany.

Duds, Misfires, Etc.: Chicago Fire 3, Philadelphia Union 4, MLS Game Recap - Hot Time In Old Town
Our weekend opponent had a wild game last night, that hopefully gassed them a bit for Saturday.

Joe Mansueto Buys Minority Stake In Fire - Hot Time In Old Town
The Chicago-based billionaire now owns 49% of the club, giving Fire fans the question of how long will it take him to take over the majority ownership from Andrew Hauptman.

New York City 3, Montreal 0 - as it happened! - Hudson River Blue
New York City is closing the gap near the top of the Eastern Conference after this win.

Columbus Crew SC linked with D.C. United’s Patrick Mullins - Massive Report
Columbus needed another attacker and Mullins provides them with some good work rate. DCU on the other hand gets some allocation to help their summer building.

// World Cup //

Croatia vs. England result: Final score 2-1, Mario Mandzukic sends his team to 2018 World Cup final - SBNation.com
An extra time winner completed Croatia’s comeback in what was an up and down game for both sides.

Croatia resilient, determined in shocking run to World Cup final | SI.com
I wonder how much Croatia has left in the tank for the Final but boy they have been a fun team to watch in this tournament.