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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, July 26, 2018

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A busy Wednesday in MLS sets up for a big national TV night on Thursday.

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

We’re over the hump in this week as we race towards the weekend with FC Dallas on the road yet again.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo: Player Ratings - Big D Soccer
The first match of the Texas Derby is in the books, and we’re here to rate all the players performances.

FC Dallas signs Homegrown midfielder Thomas Roberts - Big D Soccer
Roberts becomes the club’s 23rd HGP. He is another young talented player that got time in Germany earlier this year.

Family Sacrifice Pays off as Thomas Roberts Signs Homegrown Contract with FC Dallas | FC Dallas
His story has a slight Clint Dempsey feel about it in how his family did a lot for him to get him to this point.

FC Dallas Has a Chance at Redemption Against Sporting Kansas City | FC Dallas
Redemption is a big deal for this club in KC right now, hopefully they can keep SKC on their downward spin this summer.

FC Dallas players, staff react to Kellyn Acosta trade | Pro Soccer USA
As you might expect, there was some mixed reaction to Kellyn leaving the team.

FC Dallas Homegrown Chris Richards transitioning well on loan at Bayern Munich | Pro Soccer USA
FC Dallas Homegrown player Chris Richards is enjoying the first weeks of his loan at Bayern Munich, including two games in the United States this week.

// MLS //

NY Red Bulls Bradley Wright-Phillips fastest MLS player to 100 career goals | MLSsoccer.com
100 goals for BWP, which is just super impressive.

Sounders at San Jose Earthquakes, recap: Raúl Ruidíaz delivers in first start - Sounder At Heart
San Jose continues to stink up the place while Seattle gets a much-needed win on the road.

Philadelphia Union benefit from red card, grind out 3-1 win over Houston Dynamo - Brotherly Game
There was some issues with the red card for some folks but Philly gets the big road win in this one.

Warshaw: What Alphonso Davies needs to do to succeed at Bayern Munich | MLSsoccer.com
Davies' career path is an impressive one for such a young player.

It is Official: Davies to Bayern Munich for MLS Transfer Record - Eighty Six Forever
Upwards of $22 million is just insane but when you are as talented as Davies is and can project to be, it all adds up. This deal is huge for MLS too.

Does Alphonso Davies' move to Bayern Munich raise the standard of MLS youth development? | ESPNFC
Alphonso Davies has joined Bayern Munich in an MLS-record sale, but is his transfer representative of the league's growth or is he an outlier? Hopefully he is the new standard.

RSL fans don’t deserve a star striker - RSL Soapbox
The love-hate relationship of RSL fans and their goal scorers feels very similar to how things are here in Dallas.

D.C. United's new Audi Field floods after 'exceptional, extreme weather' | Pro Soccer USA
I know folks made a big deal about this but everything in DC floods when it rains like it did last night. Kind of like it does here in Dallas.

Phoenix Rising visit MLS headquarters to provide expansion update | MLSsoccer.com
I keep telling folks, don't under estimate this bid. I know some folks don't like the idea of no A/C for their stadium but I don't think that matters as much.