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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, June 30, 2021

No midweek games here this time around as we all look forward to the holiday weekend.

MLS: New England Revolution at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

We’re at the midway point in this week as we gear up for a holiday weekend clash for FC Dallas against a struggling Vancouver side. We’ll begin diving into that game here soon but first, let’s get to some links.

// FC Dallas //

East Stand View: Pride Night! - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas embraced Pride Night in a big way this year and it paid off in the form of a win on Sunday night.

Juventus and USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie returns to FC Dallas to talk stardom, growth of the game in the US | The Striker Texas
It was great to see McKennie back in Dallas last week as he helped kick off the MLS Next tournament along with enjoying the FCD game on Sunday.

// MLS //

2021 MLS All-Star Skills Challenge presented by AT&T 5G set for August 24 |
The Skills Challenge is fun but there isn't anything for the keepers in this, which is a massive letdown.

Rating the top young-player performances of MLS Weeks 9 and 10 |
There was no surprise in who kicked off this post after a big performance on Sunday.

Explaining Jesse Fioranelli’s departure and what it means for the Quakes |
San Jose has been in a rough patch pretty much since their win over FCD earlier this season.

Almeyda stays committed to San Jose Earthquakes: ‘We keep going forward’ - Center Line Soccer
You gotta get a sense though that he's not going to stick around there much longer if things continue to go the way that they are here.

LAFC keep dropping points, and it’s been costly - Angels on Parade
The difference between elite and mediocre in MLS is pretty wild. And LAFC appear to be riding that line pretty tightly this season. Field shows why it’s the ‘perfect’ home for the Columbus Crew - Massive Report
The new digs look to be the up there as one of the best in MLS.

Former Revs executive says success of rumored rebrand tied to on-field product - The Bent Musket
Former Revs executive Brian O’Donovan talks about the origins of the crayon flag and what the rumored rebrand could mean.