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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, July 29, 2021

Some how we’ve reached the end of July here, where is time going?

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

The hot summer months appear to be moving in a quick fashion here as we’re just a couple of days away from August. The year and this season for FC Dallas (even given how poorly most of it has been) is moving by quickly here. Given this heat we’ve had lately, I’m fine with that as I’m very much looking forward to the fall already.

// MLS //

Are big-money allocation trades worth it? Here's what recent history says |
Snagging a good deal in this league is tougher and tougher to come by each year. But there are some teams that have found a way to do it.

Ranking the Western Conference by tiers |
You can understand pretty well why FC Dallas isn't in a high tier in these rankings.

You’ve gotta be kidding: LAFC 2, Minnesota United 2 - Angels on Parade
Minnesota finds a way to get points late in LA, while LAFC has to be shaking their heads for letting this one get away from them.

Rumor: LA Galaxy to sign Serbian forward Dejan Joveljic - LAG Confidential
The Galaxy are always on the hunt for another foreign signing.

Raphael Wicky is back with the Fire, but his family emergency isn’t over - Hot Time In Old Town
Family is always more important than anything else going on, even work. I can't imagine how tough this has been for Wicky.

Reports: Atlanta United, Velez Sarsfield agree to transfer for Thiago Almada - Dirty South Soccer
The Argentine will apparently head stateside for a medical soon.

// USMNT //

Best XI of MLS players who would help the USMNT's 2021 Gold Cup team |
If you are looking for some FC Dallas love, this is certainly a post for you. Lots of talk about how great Ryan Hollingshead is (we know that) and where Ricardo Pepi and Paxton Pomykal may stand for the USMNT come World Cup qualifying time.

USMNT-Qatar semifinal clash presents "very different" Gold Cup test |
The US has done well in these 1-0 games so far in this tournament but they now face a Qatar side that could get them a different kind of test.

USMNT to host Mexico in World Cup qualifying outside of Columbus for first time since 1997 - Stars and Stripes FC
While they won't be in Columbus, they'll still be in the state of Ohio as the game goes to Cincinnati.

Columbus and Cincinnati soccer fans can unite over World Cup qualification hosting - Massive Report
The stadiums in the midwest give the USSF plenty of good options moving forward for games like this. Just think when Nashville and St. Louis have their new stadiums come online in the coming years.