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Big D Daily: News for Monday, July 26, 2021

That Monday feeling when FC Dallas is coming off a nice win is a good thing.

MLS: LA Galaxy at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

We haven’t had this positive feeling about FC Dallas in some time here as they picked up a nice win at home on Saturday night. Hopefully, that feeling will continue on here this weekend in Kansas City, but we’ll see.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas downs the LA Galaxy 4-0 thanks to Ricardo Pepi’s hat trick - Big D Soccer
Pepi became the youngest player in MLS history to score a hat trick on a night that I think we'll remember for a while here.

Ricardo Pepi hat trick brings swagger back to FCD in 4-0 demolition of LA Galaxy | The Striker Texas
A Pepi party is exactly what the team needs here to break out of the funk that they've been in this season. Now it is time to take that party on the road.

Ricardo Pepi dedicates historic hat trick to his grandfather on anniversary of his death | MLSSoccer.com
There are several reasons why Ricardo Pepi's hat trick Saturday night at Toyota Stadium was special.

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Saturday takeaways: What we learned from Week 15's action | MLSSoccer.com
MLS wasn't as busy this weekend as it could have been (thanks to the Gold Cup) but there were plenty of games worth discussing.

Vancouver Whitecaps seeing glimmers of hope – The Athletic
The Whitecaps have endured more than a year away from home, hampering plans along the way, but all that is now changing.

The rise of Canada's Tajon Buchanan – The Athletic
Buchanan was "never really on the radar" for Canada until recently, but he's quickly making up for the lost time.

Sounders vs SKC, recap: Losing is never fun - Sounder At Heart
Now that Seattle has been brought down to earth, they're starting to pick up some losses here.

Timbers score early, but can’t hang on as they fall 2-1 to Minnesota United on the road - Stumptown Footy
Felipe Mora scores again, but the Timbers can’t keep up Minnesota at the death as they lose on the road yet again.

D.C. United battles past New York Red Bulls in 1-0 triumph - Black And Red United
A bruising encounter saw United win the first round of the Atlantic Cup.

Orlando City vs. New York City FC: Final Score 5-0 as Makeshift Lions Lineup Gets Run Off the Pitch - The Mane Land
This is one of those very Oscar Pareja-type losses that make you scratch your head a bit. But it was a heavily rotated lineup for him in NYC.

Three thoughts on Atlanta United’s 10th straight match without a win - Dirty South Soccer
Maybe Atlanta is just not that good this season. It appears to be the case for them.

// USMNT //

Three takeaways from USMNT's tense Gold Cup Quarterfinal win over Jamaica | MLSSoccer.com
Another 1-0 nail-biter for the USMNT here but in a way, you take it. A tight knockout win like this is something you can build upon.

Matthew Hoppe rises to the occasion as USMNT withstands Jamaica test | ESPNFC
Matthew Hoppe's brilliant display against Jamaica was exactly the type of performance Gregg Berhalter was hoping to see at this Gold Cup.

2021 Gold Cup Quarterfinal: USA 1-0 Jamaica - a late goal sends the Americans to the semis - Stars and Stripes FC
It wasn’t really a pleasing game but the USMNT won despite some glaring weaknesses.