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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, June 10, 2021

The US ended their international break with another win.

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Soccer: International Friendly Soccer-Costa Rica at USA Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

The FIFA international window may still be going on in other parts of the world for the EUROs and other qualifiers for next year’s World Cup, but the USMNT has ended their early June window with some impressive wins over regional foes. We’ll dive into the latest win below along with some FC Dallas thoughts and MLS updates.

// FC Dallas //

Stock up, stock down: FC Dallas at the international break - Big D Soccer
There have been a couple of bright spots but far too many dark spots to begin this season. And yes, I know I could have easily added more to the down stock area.

How does FC Dallas snap out of their funk? Changing nothing, the analytics suggest | The Striker Texas
We've discussed the numbers on our site a good bit here this season, so maybe a massive change would be a bad thing?

// MLS //

MLS vs. Liga MX! 2021 MLS All-Star Game set for August in LA |
More than a year in the making, Major League Soccer announced Wednesday that the 2021 MLS All-Star Game will see the MLS All-Stars face off against the LIGA MX All-Stars.

Why MLS vs. Liga MX is the perfect All-Star Game and will be anything but an exhibition |
We all wanted this game for so long and now we're finally going to get it.

MLS All-Stars vs Liga MX All-Stars, Banc of California Stadium Aug. 25 - Angels on Parade
I remember when they announced this last year before the pandemic hit. I'm glad it was able to still happen this year.

One statistic that explains every MLS Western Conference team in 2021 so far |
That FCD stat is pretty telling, part of it is the way the team builds out of the back and part of it is their reckless nature up top at the moment.

Inter Miami's roster violations were extreme, but not new – The Athletic
Inter Miami managing owner Jorge Mas speaks to The Athletic about Miami's violations, the punishment, and what should come next. There is so much to unpack in this one from the way Miami did things last year to how MLS can improve things.

Inter Miami 'optimistic' Lionel Messi will play for them in MLS - ESPNFC
Inter Miami co-owner Jorge Mas is "optimistic" about bringing Barcelona forward Lionel Messi to play in Major League Soccer.

Three takeaways from the Portland Timbers’ spring - Stumptown Footy
The Timbers are beaten up with injuries but they're showing that they're going to be a tough team to crack later on this season.

The Atlanta United third kit is coming next week - Dirty South Soccer
Few teams in MLS are allowed a third kit these days but Atlanta is the next one to take that step.

Orlando City Needs Nani To Maintain Hot Form All Season - The Mane Land
Nani is certainly one of the more talented guys in MLS. But he has to find a way to keep his cool and find some consistency to help really lead this Orlando side.

The Columbus Crew unveils ‘phenomenal’ OhioHealth Performance Center - Massive Report
Again I will say, the more other clubs continue to improve their training facilities, the more I wonder if FCD is getting left behind in that department.

Who should Austin FC sign this summer? We have some ideas | The Striker Texas
Austin still has some open slots and plenty of allocation money to spend on improving their roster here this summer.

// USMNT //

Three takeaways from a dominant USMNT win over Costa Rica |
If you are like me and forgot about the US game last night, don't worry, it sounded like a bit of a bore with the way the US handled things.

2021 Friendly: USA 4-0 Costa Rica - a pleasant win in the idyllic Wasatch Mountains - Stars and Stripes FC
This game was every bit of a friendly from the reports out there.