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Big D Daily: News for Friday, July 20, 2018

The first match in the Texas Derby is finally here.

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

The weekend is nearly here as FC Dallas heads down south to battle Houston tomorrow night.

// FC Dallas //

What lineup will work best for FC Dallas against Houston? - Big D Soccer
Can FC Dallas take advantage of Houston’s tired legs this weekend? Oscar Pareja does have a lot of options in front of him for tomorrow night.

Texas Derby Swiss Flair to Pit Best Friends Reto Ziegler, Philippe Senderos Against Each Other | FC Dallas
Best friends off the field but you can bet they won't be best friends on the field tomorrow.

Dynamo see Texas Derby clash vs. FC Dallas as litmus test in West |
It is hard to look across the field and see Chris Seitz in orange these days.

FC Dallas midfielder Jacori Hayes not discouraged by lack of playing time | Pro Soccer USA
Hayes had a strong start to the season but has struggled to be consistently in the lineup these last two months. That midfield group has been easily the deepest position that FCD has these days.

// MLS //

Who are the top 5 most valuable players on the summer trade market? |
There are some intriguing names on this list. I do kind of wonder if Joao Plata would fit here in Dallas.

Warshaw: How can Portland Timbers be beaten? LAFC may have blueprint |
Portland had to go down sometime here this summer and LAFC managed to do it in a wild USOC game on Wednesday.

Columbus Crew SC, Zack Steffen in discussions about the future - Massive Report
Gregg Berhalter and the goalkeeper have engaged in talks about the offers the keeper has recently received. But rejecting a $4 million offer had to be tough.

D.C. United has new stadium in Audi Field, but did it sell its soul in the process? -
At Audi Field, D.C. United threatens to abandon its core fanbase in pursuit of a richer one.

Report: LAFC claim U.S. Open Cup roster vs. Timbers was approved - Angels on Parade
The committee deciding on protest will meet on Saturday. This continues to be a very intriguing situation.

US Open Cup Semifinal Draw delayed by Portland Timbers’ formal protest - Stumptown Footy
The Timbers claim LAFC used too many foreign players. Which makes me wonder if LAFC looked at their roster on the league's website and thought it was correct or something.

Toronto FC’s 2018 MLS season: Who’s to blame for this mess? - Waking The Red
Someone has to take the blame, right?

Tim Cahill open to MLS offers, rules out A-League return |
Australian football legend Tim Cahill says he is open to offers to play in the USA. Does he even have a place here in MLS anymore though?