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Big D Daily: News for Friday, July 2, 2021

We got the US’s Gold Cup roster yesterday and thankfully it was pretty light on current FCD players.

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

The week is finally up as we head into a holiday weekend here in North Texas. FC Dallas is getting ready to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps for the first time this season and hopefully build off their most recent win in the process.

// FC Dallas //

July Outlook: Can FC Dallas survive the heavy road schedule? - Big D Soccer
Four road games in July could really make or break this season. Should FCD find a way to get some results away from home, that could really set them up for a nice playoff run.

Scouting Report: Examining the Vancouver Whitecaps - Big D Soccer
On paper, this feels like the most win-able game in some time for FC Dallas.

While FC Dallas may benefit, club hoped to send more players to Gold Cup | The Striker Texas
Sure, you want players representing their national teams whenever possible but this time around, it is a good thing that only Bryan Acosta is going and not the trio of younger HGPs.

SET THE STAGE: FC Dallas vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC | 7.4.21 | FC Dallas
FC Dallas has to find a way to carry the momentum from the last game into Sunday's match.

// MLS //

Grading the MLS primary transfer window signings |
So many players in the TBD category in this post, which makes me wonder why you even write about this sort of thing.

Who's next? MLS players to watch as Europe's summer transfer window opens |
Of course, you see one FC Dallas player on this list as Justin Che is really only on borrowed time here in Dallas at this point. I'd also peg guys like Dante Sealy and Brandon Servania as ones to watch as well.

Timbers fall to Austin FC 4-1 - Stumptown Footy
Something certainly looked off for Portland on the road last night in Austin. As good as this team can be, they are struggling.

Three takeaways from the night Austin FC scored the first (four!) at Q2 | The Striker Texas
Austin has finally broken the seal on their new stadium and they did so in a really big way last night over Portland.

A new stadium, a new Nordecke — what to expect from the Columbus Crew’s updated supporters section - Massive Report
The new stadium brings a completely different environment for the supporters in Ohio's capital.

// USMNT //

Gregg Berhalter explains USMNT Gold Cup selections and snubs |
I think Berhalter's comments on why he didn't take guys like Pomykal and Ferreira were the right move.

Who got cut & who made the cut: Breaking down Berhalter's USMNT Gold Cup roster |
There were some surprises in the Gold Cup roster call yesterday and this is a pretty good explanation of how we got where we're at.

USMNT Gold Cup roster: Breaking down Berhalter's selections – The Athletic
Gregg Berhalter's Gold Cup roster features a large collection of young players who will get their first international tournament test.