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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Orlando and Philadelphia book their place in the Round of 16.

MLS: New York City FC at Orlando City SC Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Two teams have booked their spot in the next round of the MLS is Back tournament in Orlando. The Philadelphia Union and Orlando City saw their second group stage matches with wins to help give them enough points to move on. Our boys, FC Dallas, on the other hand are back home and are resting for the time being.

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Orlando City vs. New York City FC: Final Score 3-1 as Mueller’s Early Brace Lifts Lions - The Mane Land
The Lions took it to NYCFC in the first half hour and did just enough to stay in front to improve to 2-0. With that win, they also punched their ticket to the knockout round.

Philadelphia Union takes down Inter Miami FC 2-1, books place in MLS is Back Round of 16 - Brotherly Game
The Union also punched their ticket in the next round and will face Orlando for the group title next week.

The Russell Wilson book fueling Chris Mueller's torrid scoring run in 2020 | MLSsoccer.com
Now in his third season in MLS, the 23-year-old Mueller is in the best form of his career. He says his scoring spree during the MLS is Back Tournament is fueled by his new coach and a Russell Wilson book about a neutral mentality.

NYCFC, Ronny Deila "have to look within" after four losses to start season | MLSsoccer.com
NYCFC looked like a team that was out of place yesterday at the MLS is back tournament.

Sounders vs Chicago Fire, recap: Drowsy morning loss - Sounder At Heart
Seattle looked rather exhausted in their early morning game yesterday and now face a must-win to get out of the group next week.

Why LAFC is again must-see MLS TV, even in unusual circumstances – The Athletic ($)
Sounders try adjust to an early kickoff, but fall to a legit-looking Fire squad.

MLS is Back Tournament records zero new coronavirus cases in latest round of tests | ESPNFC
The MLS is Back Tournament has seen two teams drop out and some concern about its viability, but it recorded zero new COVID-19 cases July 12-13. So that is good.