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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Things are pretty quiet here as FC Dallas gets ready for their weekend trip to Portland.

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MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC at FC Dallas Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The week continues forward here as we get into the middle of the month. FC Dallas is busy getting ready for their weekend trip to Portland while the USMNT gets set for their second Gold Cup game on Thursday.

// FC Dallas //

North Texas Two Step – Predictably unpredictable - Big D Soccer
Well, at least North Texas SC is back to building leads – holding them? Flip a coin because anything can go with this club.

// MLS //

27 Takeaways: One observation on every MLS team after Week 12 |
The takeaway for FC Dallas this week revolves around the fact that they can't keep a clean sheet. Losing your two starting center backs would do that.

Jozy Altidore re-joins Toronto FC; returns to training - Waking The Red
The Altidore saga appears to be over...for now. I have a feeling Toronto may end up returning to their normal ways as a result of it.

Philadelphia Union gives Sporting Director Ernst Tanner a contract extension - Brotherly Game
Tanner signed a new "multi-year" contract. He's done very well so far with the Union so this appears to be the right move on paper.

Injury update: Mo Adams out 2-3 months with leg injury, Alex DeJohn week to week - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta United’s thin squad loses more players to injuries.

// USMNT //

Busio and Sands make their mark in USMNT win over Haiti |
While I would have liked to have seen our main guys for this tournament again after their Nations League title win, I do rather enjoy seeing the likes of Busio and Sands get their time with the national team.

USMNT, Mexico open Gold Cup with subpar performances – The Athletic
Mexico brought an 'A' team, the U.S. brought a 'B' team, but it's too early to tell which approach is right.

ASN article: Analysis: USMNT begins Gold Cup with lackluster 1-0 win vs. Haiti
Being pretty in the group stage of the Gold Cup isn't something to expect. Get the win, get the points and move on.

USA vs. Haiti, 2021 Gold Cup: What we learned - Stars and Stripes FC
Still quite a few questions that need to be answered from this team despite the win.