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Big D Daily: News for Monday, June 22, 2020

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We’re just a couple of weeks away from MLS returning in Orlando.

June is beginning to wrap itself up here as we push forward into the summer months. MLS is expected to return in a couple of weeks as well, despite the number of coronavirus cases in Florida going up at an alarming rate.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas signs Carlos Avilez as the club’s 29th Homegrown Player - Big D Soccer
The young keeper will be available for the MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando. It also probably means we won't see Jesse Gonzalez back.

Candid Conversations: Sports' Role in Healing Racial Tension | FC Dallas
This was certainly an educational watch that FCD put on last week. I highly recommend it.

// MLS //

Updated: Two Atlanta United first-team players test positive for COVID-19 - Dirty South Soccer
But just when things look promising in MLS for their restart, more cases appear to pop up.

Taylor Twellman offers sneak peek of Austin FC's new stadium | MLSsoccer.com
Damn, this stadium continues to look awesome.

Sources: Leandro González Pirez to join Inter Miami – The Athletic ($)
The former Atlanta United standout immediately becomes one of Miami's best players and makes their defense really solid.

Report: Columbus Crew SC, DC United battle to sign young Cruz Azul forward | MLSsoccer.com
I do find it super interesting how MLS teams are still gobbling up players from Liga MX here.

Father's Day: Dads who inspired MLS players speaking out for social justice | MLSsoccer.com
Behind some of the MLS players speaking out in today's fight for social justice are their fathers who helped teach, inspire and mold them into the men they are today.

MLS's Black players speaking out against racial injustice is the start of much-needed change | Zito Madu | MLSsoccer.com
The first steps have been taken by the league and its players, and hopefully it will be the first of many in a longer and mutually beneficial adventure forward.

Black MLS players form coalition to combat racism in soccer across US Canada | ESPNFC
Over 70 black Major League Soccer players announced on Friday the formation of a new organization called the Black Players Coalition of MLS.

Bruce Arena sees no reason to play U.S. anthem in pro sports | ESPNFC
Bruce Arena said he struggled to understand the U.S. national anthem's relevance prior to pro sporting events in this modern era. I have to say I kind of agree with that.