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Big D Daily: News for Monday, July 13, 2020

MLS continues their tournament in Orlando with some minor bumps along the way.

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MLS: Minnesota United FC at Sporting Kansas City Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

We’re back for a new week here as MLS continues their season returning tournament in Orlando, Florida. FC Dallas players and staff hope to be returning to Frisco here soon (I’ve been hearing it could be early this week, some Instagram posts over the weekend kind of confirmed that).

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MLS tournament 'difficult to watch' for FC Dallas players - ESPN Video
FC Dallas goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer acknowledges the issues with FC Dallas' preparations for the tournament and also says how difficult it is to watch without the team participating.

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Real Salt Lake's intense identity, Sporting Kansas City's silver lining and more Group D takeaways | Charles Boehm |
The tough group D matches were a bit hit last night and we learned a good bit about how good RSL may actually be.

Minnesota United show they have the key ingredient in MLS is Back Tournament | Zito Madu |
I thought the Loons looked a bit lost in the first half against SKC without Ike Opara but they certainly found a good pace in the second half to overcome and win.

Recap: Kevin Molino leads the Loons to a tournament opening win over SKC in Orlando - E Pluribus Loonum
There were a lot of twists and turns in this one for the Loons.

Owned: Sporting KC falls in heartbreaker to Minnesota United FC 2-1 - The Blue Testament
Two stoppage time goals from the Loons erase Sporting KC’s good start and put advancement in jeopardy.

Four winners, one loser from RSL’s 2-0 win over Colorado Rapids in MLS is Back - RSL Soapbox
Real Salt Lake managed a dangerous Colorado Rapids side with surprising ease.

Game Recap: Real Salt Lake 2, Colorado Rapids 0 - Burgundy Wave
RSL took all 3 points in both sides’ first match of the MLS is Back Tournament.

Colorado Rapids acquire international slot from DC United for $225K allocation |
I always love these sorts of MLS trades.

Michael Bradley, Toronto FC know what to expect from DC United, even in unfamiliar surroundings |
After having to wait an extra day due to some testing issues, Bradley and Toronto will take on DCU this morning.

What We Learned: Columbus Crew vs. FC Cincinnati - Massive Report
Over the weekend, Columbus dominated their rivals with a 4-0 blowout to open up their play in this tournament.

While MLS gets quick COVID-19 test results, Florida residents face long delays – The Athletic ($)
The postponement and potentially swift rescheduling of Toronto and D.C. United's game reveals a large underlying issue with MLS is Back.

The details behind the postponement of Sunday’s D.C. United-Toronto match – The Athletic ($)
While D.C. United was en route to the field, Toronto FC players and staff were meeting to discuss their feelings about playing at all.

Fitness plans vs. Florida humidity: The ultimate MLS is Back clash – The Athletic ($)
There are some good bits in this one about how FCD players are reacting to all the news about them right now.

The changing scope of MLS is Back | US Soccer Players
We're now watching a different version of MLS is Back than when Major League Soccer first used that phrase to kickoff its 25th anniversary season.