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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, July 15, 2021

FC Dallas gets ready to head back out west to battle Portland this weekend.

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

The week is nearly coming to an end here as FC Dallas is getting ready to head back out on the road this weekend to battle Portland in a playoff rematch. We’ll be diving into that game here soon on this space but first, let’s get into today’s links.

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Thirteen FC Dallas Players Available for Selection for 2021 MLS All-Star Game - Big D Soccer
The fan vote begins today for this year’s All-Star Game and here are the FCD players available for selection.

SET THE STAGE: FC Dallas vs. Portland Timbers | 7.17.21 | FC Dallas
FC Dallas heads back to Portland for a playoff rematch. Crazy that the playoff game was the last time FCD did anything of note away from home.

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CF Montréal and Toronto FC to host select matches in Canada |
Good to see some things opening back up and at least two of the three Canadian teams being able to return home. Vancouver still has some local government things to sort out apparently.

Should LA Galaxy do business with Liga MX over Efra Alvarez and Julian Araujo? |
LA has a pair of Mexican players that could benefit from a move down south but only if the club is willing to do so at this point.

Sam Vines to Royal Antwerp, Rubio Rubin new RSL deal – The Athletic
Currently playing in the Gold Cup for the U.S., Vines could soon join the Belgian First Division club in a move that would greatly benefit the Rapids.

LAFC and the future of Brain Rodriguez | US Soccer Players
Brian Rodriguez returns from international duty with Uruguay after an interesting loan to Spain's UD Almeria with LAFC needing offense.

The Vancouver Whitecaps’ Midfielder Graveyard - Eighty Six Forever
Folks covering the Whitecaps had expectations with this group that are certainly not being met.

What Andrew Brody’s broken toe means for RSL - RSL Soapbox
Brody’s been one of the biggest surprises of the season, but a broken toe has derailed that progress.

BMO + Fans + Jozy = TFC back in business? - Waking The Red
You do really have to wonder if TFC will be 'back' now that they are returning home for the first time in over a year and a half.