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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, June 16, 2021

FC Dallas’ Schon nearly made a big name for himself in the EURO 2020 tournament.

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The week rolls into the midway point here as we’re all enjoying some international soccer still with the EUROs and Copa America still going on. But FC Dallas is just a couple of days away from returning to the field.

// FC Dallas //

June Outlook: Can FC Dallas bounce back after rough start? - Big D Soccer
There are just three games in June for FC Dallas and with two of them at home, it could be do-or-die for Luchi Gonzalez’s squad.

North Texas Two Step - Rebound - Big D Soccer
NTSC scratched and clawed its way to two positive results at home – how did they do it? Plus a little look at what is going on with Edwin Cerrillo.

FC Dallas celebrates high school graduation for young stars Ricardo Pepi, Beni Redzic and Dante Sealy | The Striker Texas
FCD has had a little tradition like this over the years where they surprise some of their high school-aged players with a graduation.

Director, Stadium Grounds, Allen Reed | Beyond the Pitch | FC Dallas
Allen Reed gives you a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into maintaining the pitch at Toyota Stadium.

Philadelphia Union replace FC Dallas as top-ranked youth club by SoccerWire | MLSSoccer.com
I don't really have any issue with Philly overtaking FCD here in these rankings but when you look further down the list, you see clubs like the Galaxy at number three (really?!) and have to wonder if these rankings are even worth getting worked over. And no, they are not. Still the social media banter is fun.

// MLS //

Five MLS teams to watch in the transfer market this summer | MLSSoccer.com
That secondary window is set to open here in a couple of weeks and you can imagine some MLS teams are going to make more moves than others.

How MLS players performed in Euro 2020, Copa America opening games | MLSSoccer.com
The highlights for FCD's Schon could have been great but he was just a tad offside in his debut at the EUROs.

Sounders head of analytics provides a peek behind curtain - Sounder At Heart
One of the cool parts about this interview is finding out that this guy's background is as a fan and a blogger.

Columbus Crew announces Lower.com as new stadium naming rights partner - Massive Report
The Black & Gold’s new home now has a name, so yay.

Orlando City Signs Defender Thomas Williams to Homegrown Player Contract - The Mane Land
The 16-year-old becomes Orlando’s 11th Homegrown signing and their youngest to date.