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Big D Daily: News for Friday, July 16, 2021

The USMNT made quick work of a regional minnow last night.

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Soccer: CONCACAF Gold Cup Soccer-Martinique at USA Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The weekend is finally here as we’ve pushed through another week. FC Dallas will head out to Portland later today as they get ready to take on the Timbers tomorrow night.

// FC Dallas //

Scouting Report: Can FC Dallas find a road win in Portland again? - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas picked up a win at home last time these two met but in the minds of the Timbers fans, this one is all about revenge for last year's playoff game.

FC Dallas transfers Tanner Tessmann to Italian side Venezia FC - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas has sold another Homegrown player to an Italian side and this time they picked up a cool $4 million for it.

// MLS //

Report: DC United homegrown drawing interest from City Football Group |
Paredes has really emerged as a top HGP player in this league this season, so I can get why some clubs are interested.

My 2021 MLS All-Star Game lineup |
I think we all know that by the end of this, the lineup for this year's ASG will largely come down to those fans who love to stuff the ballot for their players.

Gold Cup: nine players MLS & USL sources are watching – The Athletic
Away from regional giants Mexico and the United States, plenty of Gold Cup players are being tracked by U.S. leagues. I could see FC Dallas make a run at one or two of these guys.

Heinze: Josef Martinez’s absence is coach’s decision, not fitness related - Dirty South Soccer
Yeah, this isn't a good look for Atlanta if you ask me.

The Timbers’ central midfield options - Stumptown Footy
With Eryk Williamson off on Gold Cup duty, here are the directions Portland could go to replace him in central midfield.

Whatever you call the Chicago Fire’s new system, Johan Kappelhof is a fan - Hot Time In Old Town
After scoring nine goals and conceding just four in the last three matches, it’s a safe bet the Fire are sticking with the 3-5-2. Or is it a 5-3-2?

Andre Blake contract extended through 2024 with club option for 2025 - Brotherly Game
The reigning MLS Goalkeeper of the Year is staying put in Philly.

// USMNT //

Three takeaways from the USMNT's rout of Martinique |
The US had to take care of business last night against one of the minnows of the region.

2021 Gold Cup recap: USA 6- 1 Martinique - the Americans crush a Concacaf minnow - Stars and Stripes FC
It was a huge game for Daryl Dike, who has really just put on a show in 2021 overall.