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Big D Daily: News for Monday, June 8, 2020

Hopefully we find out the details this week of MLS’s return to play this summer.

MLS: Seattle Sounders FC at FC Dallas Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

A new week is upon us here as a lot has changed over the course of the last couple of weeks. MLS is hopefully moving closer towards finalizing their plan to return to the field this summer and things may begin to feel slightly more normal once that happens.

// FC Dallas //

Jesse Gonzalez suspended pending investigation - Big D Soccer
Some serious charges have been brought to the Dallas keeper. You kind of wonder now if this is the start of FCD moving on from him.

Why Lamar Batista has the tools to be North Texas SC’s next great center back - Big D Soccer
An unorthodox skillset for a CB married to an ideal frame and athleticism could add up to a headache for opponents.

Fafa Picault: My Story | FC Dallas
Fafa's story is one that we all need to take in and really listen to here.

// MLS //

Toronto FC general manager Ali Curtis: "We have to do more" |
Curtis is one of the few African-American GMs in MLS.

DC United express solidarity with Black Lives Matter, George Floyd via Audi Field pitch |
An image posted by the club's Twitter account shows the West flank of the Audi Field pitch painted in red, bold block lettering with the words "I Can't Breathe."

Columbus Crew's Darlington Nagbe explains why he is "heartbroken" over continued scourge of racism |
Nagbe reflected how racism impacts his own interracial family and how his mother taught him to try and see beyond color, class or creed.

Chicago Fire's C.J. Sapong - MLS must tackle diversity issues in front offices | ESPNFC
MLS usually gets pretty solid marks for diversity but the lack of it in their front offices is still pretty noticeable.

MLS might have won the CBA negotiations, but for some players the damage done is 'irreparable' | ESPNFC
Man, seeing how the players have reacted to the CBA talks really makes you wonder a few things now about the owners and the league. It is a shame they were so close to being locked out during a pandemic.

MLS’s new deal with its players union, and what it may truly cost | US Soccer Players
Major League Soccer threatened its players with a lockout over concessions they demanded from lost revenue due to the coronavirus.

Report: Kevin Durant buys minority stake in Philadelphia Union - Brotherly Game
He was spotted at the Philadelphia Union’s corporate offices back in December and now it appears that the move has finally happened.