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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, July 20, 2021

FC Dallas hits the road again tomorrow night in Colorado. So, yay?

MLS: FC Dallas at Portland Timbers Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

We knew this three-game road trip in July would be rough for FC Dallas. So far, it has proven to be even more than that for the group. One more to go tomorrow night in Colorado. We’ll get to some pre-game discussion on that one later today but first, let’s get into some links.

// MLS //

27 Takeaways: One observation on every MLS team after Week 13 | MLSSoccer.com
The takeaway for FC Dallas continues to be on the poor road form this season that has seen the club only score two goals outside of Texas.

LigaMX 2021 MLS All-Star Game Roster | MLSSoccer.com
We know how MLS All-Star teams have come together in past years but seeing how a Liga MX group is built will be fascinating to watch for me.

How interim coach Rob Valentino intends to turn Atlanta United’s season around | MLSSoccer.com
Valentino has a tall task of getting this Atlanta squad on the same page again.

Who’s to blame for Atlanta United’s poor form: Heinze or the Front Office? - Dirty South Soccer
Gabriel Heinze has left Atlanta United, and emerging reports show he clearly had his faults. But can another manager realistically turn this roster into a championship contender?

The changing role of the full back | US Soccer Players
The job description for full backs continues to change as the skill required to play the position means taking on the offensive as well as defensive roles.

Reports: LAFC set to sign Colombian forward Cristian Arango - Angels on Parade
LAFC has been in the hunt for a new striker for some time and this appears to be the one they've been waiting for.

No time or reason for Sounders to hang their heads - Sounder At Heart
I've always been told that the longer a winning streak goes, the harder it gets to maintain. Seattle showed that last weekend that sometimes the magic and luck can run out and still be okay.

Sporting KC’s Vermes and Two Others Possibly Unavailable; + Hernandez - The Blue Testament
And apparently, the entire team was vaccinated, which makes you wonder where things are about to go here for this group.

Columbus Crew set to host Cruz Azul in Campeones Cup in September - Massive Report
The 2021 Campeones Cup will be the first international event at Lower.com Field.

// USMNT //

What we learned from the USMNT Gold Cup group stage showing | MLSSoccer.com
The US didn't play all that great in the group stage and yet came away with three wins and some positives to build on.