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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, August 6, 2020

Portland finds their way into the MLS is Back final.

MLS: Portland Timbers at Philadelphia Union Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The final of the MLS is Back tournament is nearly set as the Portland Timbers punched their ticket to the final Orlando game last night with their win over the Philadelphia Union. They’ll either get the hosts Orlando City or Minnesota United.

// FC Dallas //

Squad depth will be key for FC Dallas as 2020 season resumes - Big D Soccer
As the season looks to resume, Luchi Gonzalez knows his depth will play a key role as the team will likely have a lot Wednesday-Saturday/Sunday-Wednesday type games.

FC Dallas head coach Luchi Gonzalez misses games, admits it's hard to watch MLS is Back Tournament |
Five months since FC Dallas' last competitive match, think about that for a second. Geez.

FC Dallas and Nashville SC face a unique situation | US Soccer Players
FC Dallas and Nashville are hoping that the 2020 regular season resumes knowing that they need to make up three games after missing MLS is Back.

// MLS //

MLS Commissioner Don Garber gives update on resumption of 2020 regular season in home markets |
Sounds like we'll soon know those exact dates of the restart and how it will all play out for the rest of the 2020 season.

MLS commissioner Don Garber - Games to have fans 'where we can' | ESPNFC
MLS commissioner Don Garber said games will be played in front of fans "where we can" once the resumption of the season is finalized.

Four takeaways from Portland Timbers' MLS is Back semifinal win over Philadelphia Union | Charles Boehm |
Giovanni Savarese continues to shine as Portland's manager in a tournament setting.

Philadelphia Union’s bubble burst in loss to Portland Timbers - Brotherly Game
This was probably the first game in the MLS is Back tournament that Philly looked like...well...Philly.

How Orlando City SC landed Oscar Pareja |
I don't know if it will ever not be weird to see him in the Orlando purple but I will say it has given me (and probably a lot of you) reason to care about the Lions this year.

Like other teams, LAFC ends up with questions from MLS is Back | US Soccer Players
LAFC's shootout loss to Orlando City in the MLS is Back quarterfinals may teach this version of the team a valuable lesson if the season resumes.