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Big D Daily: News for Friday, July 9, 2021

FC Dallas and most of MLS get a little mini break this weekend due to the Gold Cup.

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MLS: FC Dallas at LA Galaxy Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

I for one am glad it is the weekend. Not that this has been a rough week or anything but due to how FC Dallas has played in their two games this week, we need a little time off.

// FC Dallas //

Set piece woes continue, a long locker room chat & more: Three takeaways from FC Dallas' 3-1 loss to the LA Galaxy | The Striker Texas
Usually, a long locker room talk does the trick with most professional teams but I'm not super convinced that they will be able to turn the tide just yet.

// MLS //

10-men Union salvage a point against Red Bull with a late Santos strike - Brotherly Game
The Union needed a late goal to salvage a point in New York after seeing Matt Freese pick up a red card early in the second half.

Atlanta United draws 2-2 with Nashville SC in Eastern Conference thriller - Dirty South Soccer
This was one of the more exciting games to watch over the last couple of weeks in MLS.

Columbus Crew acquire Erik Hurtado in trade from CF Montréal |
Definitely a first, a trade involving a player who won't get the COVID vaccine.

Matt Turner's strange, fortuitous path to the USMNT – The Athletic
The goalkeeper picked up soccer on a whim in high school, wasn't recruited or drafted, and still rose to be a possible international No. 1.

Mini-break gives Sounders chance to relish in ‘mini-record’ - Sounder At Heart
Seattle's record season thus far is pretty impressive when you stack up the number of injuries they've had to deal with so far.

Timbers acquire $230,000 in GAM from Nashville for 2021 international roster spot - Stumptown Footy
Portland had a bit of a wild day in that they traded with Cincy for an international roster spot and then immediately traded that spot away to Nashville later in the day.

Finding the Mix: Fire Cook Up Another Three-Goal Victory - Hot Time In Old Town
The Fire defeated Orlando City SC on Wednesday night at Soldier Field for their first come-from-behind win under Raphael Wicky in a game highlighted by a renewed team attitude.

11 players out means interesting decisions for the Columbus Crew for next several matches - Massive Report
Columbus has 11 guys either out on international duty this month or injured. That makes your roster real thin, real quick.

TFC Notebook: Javier Perez may have earned his shot as interim manager - Waking The Red
Following his first win as head coach of Toronto FC, there’s a real chance here Javier Perez has earned the interim role moving forward.

Dani Pereira is the future, but Austin FC can’t build around him yet | The Striker Texas
An injury to the young rookie shines a light on how thin the expansion side is in their midfield.