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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, June 11, 2020

We finally know the dates of when MLS will return to the pitch. Finally.

MLS is back folks! It is certainly a joy to know that we’re going to get some soccer played here this summer, even if it means it is in another city without any fans present. It is still something more than what we’ve experienced these last three months here while the world deals with this pandemic.

// FC Dallas //

Which teams do you want FC Dallas to be grouped against in Orlando? - Big D Soccer
We know we’ll see at least LAFC, Seattle or Real Salt Lake. But what about the other two? Some of us want a tough group while others just don't care.

MLS is Back: Details on the Orlando Tournament - Big D Soccer
All the details of the tournament are finally available to us.

How FC Dallas is Working to Avoid Injuries Ahead of Orlando | FC Dallas
Luchi mentioned yesterday in a media call that the team isn't dealing with too many knocks at the moment. So that is good.

Luchi Gonzalez: "We're committed to spreading all love and no hate" | FC Dallas
FC Dallas Head Coach Luchi Gonzalez offers his perspective on racial injustice in the United States, sharing the steps he is taking both as a father and coach to stand up for equality.

// MLS //

My dream MLS is Back Tournament draw | Greg Seltzer | MLSsoccer.com
We will find out the group stage draw for the MLS is Back Tournament on Thursday afternoon, which gives us just enough time to fantasize about how we'd like to see it go.

What MLS is Back means in our changed world | Andrew Wiebe | MLSsoccer.com
Hopefully soccer being back will help bring some normalcy to us all here.

MLS for breakfast? Early tournament kickoff times explained by Commissioner Don Garber | MLSsoccer.com
I know 8am kickoffs may be weird for us here in Dallas but I won't mind waking up to a lineup tweet while I fix breakfast here.

MLS is Back Tournament: Players, coaches and GMs react to games returning this summer | MLSsoccer.com
MLS is slated to return July 8 with the MLS is Back Tournament, and players and coaches throughout the league are understandably excited.

MLS tournament testing: The health, safety and medical protocols for Orlando | MLSsoccer.com
The MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando will feature a rigorous protocol for all 26 teams and staff that includes COVID-19 testing, screening and prevention measures created in conjunction with experts and public health officials.

MLS 'optimistic' about return to play in local markets, fans in stands - ESPNFC
MLS commissioner Don Garber said that he's "very optimistic" about teams playing in home markets after the end of the MLS is Back Tournament.

What to expect from the MLS is Back tournament in Orlando – The Athletic ($)
An event unlike any other in MLS's history is officially a go. Here's what players and the league will be doing in Orlando.

Why the USL is returning to play in its home markets, not a single-city format – The Athletic ($)
While MLS and the NWSL are set to resume in a hub-city format, the USL is aiming to become the first American league to resume play at all the club's home markets.