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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, July 21, 2021

FC Dallas is back out on the road tonight in Colorado.

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MLS: FC Dallas at Colorado Rapids Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The long road trip for FC Dallas will wrap up tonight as they head back to Colorado for the second time this season to battle the Rapids. We’ll have game coverage tonight as it happens but first, let’s discuss some links.

// FC Dallas //

Scouting Report: Third time the charm for FC Dallas against Colorado? - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas hasn’t looked good against their Mountain rivals this season.

FC Dallas President Dan Hunt seeking balance between selling young talent and chasing MLS Cup | The Striker Texas
The fun and tricky balance of selling young talent while chasing a title. I have a feeling we'll be debating this kind of thing for years to come with this group.

// MLS //

Houston Dynamo offense unable to produce in draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps - Dynamo Theory
In a rare Tuesday night game in MLS, the Dynamo and Whitecaps played to a scoreless draw in Utah.

MLS 2021 All-Star XI according to the stats |
Voting for the All-Star Game closes later today (well tomorrow if you want to be specific due to timezones and whatnot) and there are a lot of good options for this year if you go more based on stats and which team a guy plays for.

Atlanta United's and Toronto FC's next coach? Here are 11 candidates |
Both clubs will likely go with some name that doesn't make total sense there at first and my gut tells me one of them could just let their interim coach ride it out for the remainder of the season too.

Josef Martinez verbally commits future to Atlanta United: “I love this club.” - Dirty South Soccer
Martinez went on the record stating his desire to remain in Atlanta for the foreseeable future.

Why Gabriel Heinze's time with Atlanta United went so wrong – The Athletic
From players association grievances to shirking club duties, Heinze's time with Atlanta United seemed doomed from the start.

US Open Cup canceled again: 2021 edition off, 2022 format set - Sports Illustrated
For a second straight year, U.S. Soccer has pulled the plug on the domestic cup due to the pandemic's effects.

The Columbus Crew is beginning to return to full strength - Massive Report
A few Columbus players are getting back to full fitness and returning from the Gold Cup.

Ayo Akinola to likely miss remainder of the season with ACL injury - Waking The Red
A huge blow for Toronto FC here as Akinola is one of the bright spots on this roster.