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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, July 9, 2020

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MLS returned Wednesday night to an all-Florida show.

MLS: Inter Miami CF at Orlando City SC Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

After a few months of no soccer in America for MLS, the league is back. Also, after last night Florida is now purple.

// FC Dallas //

Luchi Gonzalez on how FC Dallas will move forward from MLS is Back - Big D Soccer
Gonzalez was pretty emotional in his press conference on Tuesday afternoon when discussing how the team is doing and what is next.

Luchi Gonzalez Addresses FC Dallas' Withdrawal from MLS is Back Tournament | FC Dallas
Here are some more quotes from Luchi's press conference about the team leaving the tournament.

Predictions on the 2020 USL League One Season - Big D Soccer
The USL League One season should get underway here soon and that only means we have to make some predictions that are sure to go very wrong.

And now a moment of celebration...

Yeah, after NINE days in their rooms at the Disney resort, FC Dallas players were finally free to go on walks and enjoy some fresh air.

// MLS //

Orlando City vs. Inter Miami CF: Final Score 2-1 as Nani Wins it Late for Cardiac Cats - The Mane Land
The Lions fell behind early in the second half but rallied in typical dramatic fashion, with the captain netting the winner deep in stoppage time.

Boehm: Key takeaways from Orlando City's last-gasp win over Inter Miami | MLSsoccer.com
Orlando's Oscar Pareja registered his first win as manager of his new club and it came against a new rival, Inter Miami, that has now lost its first three MLS games. The turning point of the match didn't go their way and now Diego Alonso has some work to do.

Black Players for Change demonstration marks deep shift, but there’s more to be done | Zito Madu | MLSsoccer.com
Zito Madu speaks with Black Players for Change executive director Justin Morrow to help break down the impact of BPCMLS’s demonstration at the beginning of the MLS is Back Tournament.

MLS players advocate for social change with patch, armband and warmup top | MLSsoccer.com
Along with a powerful opening protest from the Black Players for Change, the MLS is Back Tournament includes several highly-visible symbols calling for social change.

MLS to make Nashville COVID-19 decision 'overnight' - ESPNFC
A decision about Nashville SC's participation in the MLS is Back Tournament will be made shortly, Don Garber told ESPN on Wednesday.

Montreal boss Henry says it's good to see other ethnicities involved in standing against racism | ESPNFC
Former France international Thierry Henry said "for the first time other ethnicities are involved" in standing up against racism.

MLS new club Charlotte signs Spanish midfielder Sergio Ruiz | ESPNFC
Not to be outdone by their soon-to-be fellow expansion mate Austin, the new club in Charlotte has also signed their first player this week.

On MLS’s re-opening night, the soccer was secondary – The Athletic
In eight minutes and 46 powerful seconds on Wednesday night, we were reminded why sports is still an ancillary topic in today’s landscape.

Does MLS really need to be back? | US Soccer Players
MVP Carlos Vela's absence from the MLS is Back tournament raises the bigger question about its purpose and necessity in the midst of a pandemic.

As restarts show inherent flaws, USL’s plan could prove exceedingly dangerous – The Athletic
Decisions to host fans and have teams travel around the country pose higher risks, according to experts. But the USL is going all in on it.