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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Only a few more days until FC Dallas and MLS head to Orlando.

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The week moves on here as we’re slowly getting closer towards MLS being back in Orlando with the restart of the 2020 season.

// FC Dallas //

ASN article: Finally healthy, Pomykal is ready to lead the way for FC Dallas in Orlando
A lot of folks see this tournament as a chance for Paxton to really make his mark with FCD.

// MLS //

10 breakout candidates for the MLS is Back Tournament | Greg Seltzer |
Given that this tournament could be huge for the younger players in this league, here are some candidates to keep an eye on.

NYCFC's Sean Johnson: Black Players Coalition also focused on coaching, GM ranks |
That includes helping bolster the ranks of Black head coaches, assistants, general managers and other club executives.

Seattle Sounders' and Vancouver Whitecaps' MLS is Back Tournament match won't count toward Cascadia Cup |
Any additional matches between the Sounders, Whitecaps and Timbers during the tournament's knockout phase also would not count toward awarding the trophy.

Ronaldo, Messi, Bale top Darren Eales’ leaked transfer “target list” - Dirty South Soccer
I love a good target list and Atlanta’s is just about what any MLS team’s should be.

Atlanta United president - Coronavirus cases are to be expected | ESPNFC
Atlanta United's Darren Eales said that the fact two players tested positive for the coronavirus is a sign that the league's protocols work.

Anxiety rising in MLS amid Florida COVID-19 spike, positive player tests – The Athletic ($)
Positive tests are on the rise in Florida and concern is growing among MLS players. Hell, it should be a concern for the fans too.

Battle Royale: The strangest mascots in U.S. soccer history face off – The Athletic ($)
Soccer in America has had some strange, strange mascots over the years.