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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, August 9, 2018

A busy transfer day saw lots of movement in MLS.

MLS: U.S. Open Cup-Houston Dynamo vs Los Angeles FC John Glaser-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday was a big one in MLS as the US Open Cup finals were set and the summer transfer window came to a close.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas v San Jose Earthquakes: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly - Big D Soccer
There wasn't a lot of good to unpack from last weekend but it is important to discuss why Oscar Pareja should or should not use Jesse in goal these next few weeks.

Power Rankings: FC Dallas drops spots after loss to San Jose - Big D Soccer
As you might expect after losing to the worst team in MLS at home, FCD fell.

TRAINING TALK: Reggie Cannon on FC Dallas vs. Seattle Sounders FC | 8.12.18 | FC Dallas
Reggie seems fine but you do wonder if it will be worth resting him this weekend in Seattle.

// MLS //

Armchair Analyst: One big question for each MLS team, revisited |
Figuring out the life after Diaz continues to be the big question for some folks when it comes to FCD.

US Open Cup Semifinals, Houston Dynamo vs Los Angeles FC: Dynamo win to advance to finals - Dynamo Theory
Dynamo come out the winners in penalty kicks to make it to their first US Open Cup Final.

Union rout Fire, return to U.S. Open Cup final - Brotherly Game
The Philadelphia Union have advanced to the U.S. Open Cup final for the third time in club history.

FT: Whitecaps 2-2 Toronto FC — Late own goal saves result against 10-men Vancouver - Waking The Red
Toronto gets two important goals on the road in the first leg of the Canadian Championship.

Stejskal: USMNT defender Jorge Villafaña returning to Portland Timbers |
Portland had to give up some allocation to LA to snag their top allocation order spot to get him.

Report: Bill Hamid joining D.C. United on loan - Black And Red United
A 1.5 year loan will bring Hamid back to the Black-and-Red, marking the end to a very short stay in Europe for the young keeper.

Brad Smith’s addition is all about increasing competition - Sounder At Heart
Sounders needed some back line help and they get it in the form of a former Liverpool player.

Impact trade Dominic Oduro to Earthquakes for Quincy Amarikwa |
Montreal was busy on Wednesday, adding Amarikwa in place of Oduro, which seems like a fair like-for-like trade.

Montreal Impact sign right back Bacary Sagna for rest of 2018 season |
Here is another one of Montreal's moves yesterday, adding a veteran defender for the rest fo the season.