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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, June 17, 2021

The international break is nearly over as FC Dallas will return to the pitch on Saturday.

MLS: Colorado Rapids at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

This long international break is nearly done and in the books here as MLS returns to action this weekend with a big set of games, including an important must-win for FC Dallas.

// FC Dallas //

SET THE STAGE: FC Dallas vs. Minnesota United FC | 6.19.21 | FC Dallas
The stadium will be back open to full capacity (though I'd be a bit surprised if FCD hit that mark) but more importantly, we could see some season debuts for guys like Servania, Ferreira and maybe even Che.

// MLS //

Jim Curtin has unfinished business with Philadelphia Union | MLSSoccer.com
Philly has been in a long build under Curtin these last several years and it is starting to pay off.

Daryl Dike returns to Orlando City amid "extra noise" swirling about potential transfer | MLSSoccer.com
You do have to wonder how much longer he'll actually be in an Orlando uniform this season. If at all.

Inter Miami's Higuain on MLS: 'I thought I could play with cigarette in my mouth' | ESPNFC
This may be one of the best lines I've heard about an older foreign guy coming to play in MLS in a long while.

Leon Flach impressing with the Philadelphia Union – The Athletic
The Philadelphia Union only hoped that 20-year-old Leon Flach would be a solid contributor, but he's proving to be much more.

Austin opens its soccer stadium | US Soccer Players
Austin FC's Q2 Stadium opens with the US Women hosting Jamaica on Wednesday night before the home team plays its first game in the city this weekend.

How the Sounders might use the U22 Initiative this summer - Sounder At Heart
Sounders have room to sign a U22 Initiative player but doing so is easier said than done.

LA Galaxy looking for lift from full house in Saturday’s game vs. Sounders - LAG Confidential
Seattle is a bit banged up but the Galaxy defense is still a bit of a mess.

Eloy Room out against Chicago Fire; multiple Columbus Crew players questionable - Massive Report
The Black & Gold will not have their starting goalkeeper for the final match at historic Crew Stadium.

Orlando City Has Opportunity To Start Playing the Kids - The Mane Land
With a fixture-heavy schedule in the coming months, Orlando City has an opportunity to give more minutes to Homegrown Players.

// World Cup Qualifying //

USMNT World Cup qualifying opponents set - Stars and Stripes FC
Goodbye Hex, hello Octagon.

Octagonal is beautiful: Why 2022 Concacaf World Cup qualifying format should be celebrated | MLSSoccer.com
Concacaf’s final round of 2022 World Cup qualifying fell into place on Tuesday night, and before the schedules had even been finalized, a bigger party already seemed like a better party.