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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, July 19, 2018

Four teams are left in the USOC now.

MLS: Chicago Fire at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The weekend is drawing closer here as FC Dallas is getting ready for their Derby match in Houston.

// FC Dallas //

Quick Burns: Why the Texas Derby matters to me - Big D Soccer
We all hate Houston for one reason or another.

Rumor: Chilean midfielder Pablo Aranquiz linked to FC Dallas - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas may have found their Mauro Diaz replacement and this one could be a good summer signing too.

FC Dallas vs Chicago Fire: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas didn’t sink to their opponent’s level on Saturday and hopefully they won't again this weekend.

FC Dallas Travels to Houston For the Next Chapter of the Texas Derby | FC Dallas
El Capitan needs to return to Dallas this year and you better believe this group knows that.

Join Us on August 4, 2018 for Our South End Social as the South End Re-Opens Permanently | FC Dallas
The South End is officially back at Toyota Stadium now that those seats will be available in August. Its about damn time.

// MLS //

Stejskal: English club Bristol City make big bid for Crew SC's Zack Steffen | MLSsoccer.com
Big money for the Columbus keeper too.

We Have Been Shushed: Ramirez breaks slump as Loons halt Revolution - E Pluribus Loonum
Minnesota needed a win badly and got one last night at home against New England.

Lamar Hunt US Open Cup: Houston Dynamo defeat Sporting Kansas City, advance to semifinals - Dynamo Theory
Quioto, Manotas record braces in Dynamo win as Houston started a lot of key guys last night. I'm very curious to see what they bring to the table on Saturday.

On to the Semifinals: LAFC 3, Portland Timbers 2 - Angels on Parade
LAFC rack up another win over Portland to advance in the U.S. Open Cup.

LAFC’s Adama Diomande claims he was called racial slur on field - Angels on Parade
Come on folks, this kind of crap shouldn't happen anymore. Let alone in MLS.

Union see out Orlando to return to USOC semis - Brotherly Game
Could this be Philly's year in the USOC? It kind of feels like they could.

The Big Kids Table: Chicago Fire 4, Louisville City 0, USOC Round 6 Recap - Hot Time In Old Town
Chicago rested key guys against Dallas over the weekend in order to gear up for this one. It paid off too.

Atlanta United vs. Seattle Sounders sets MLS regular season TV record - Dirty South Soccer
There’s a new high watermark for MLS regular season viewership. It is just too bad the game was a big dud outside of a couple moments.

GM Jesse Fioranelli is at the epicenter of San Jose Earthquakes' troubles | ESPNFC
The San Jose Earthquakes have won just twice in 19 MLS contests this season, and many of the Quakes' woes can be traced back to GM Jesse Fioranelli.

MLS news: Maxi Moralez, Sebastian Blanco and the biggest All-Star snubs | Goal.com
I came expecting to see someone like Reggie Cannon (he wasn't) but was pleased enough to see one other FC Dallas player mentioned.