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THRICE AS NICE
FC Dallas has little trouble with Timbers
Mauro Diaz had a goal and an assist against Portland on Saturday.
Mauro Diaz had a goal and an assist against Portland on Saturday.
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FRISCO, Texas---The run of outstanding form continues for FC Dallas. FCD (11-5-5, 38 points) got two goals from Michael Barrios plus a goal and an assist from Kellyn Acosta and Mauro Diaz to hand the Portland Timbers a resounding 4-1 defeat on Saturday night at Toyota Stadium. Complete story
FCD’S OWN DYNAMIC DUO
Acosta and Ulloa solidifying middle
FRISCO, Texas---Batman and Robin might be the original Dynamic Duo, but FC Dallas currently has an impressive tandem of its own in the central midfield with Kellyn Acosta and Victor Ulloa. Complete story

TARNISHED GOLD CUP
USA lose 3rd-place match for its 2nd worst finish in 13 Gold Cups
Clint Dempsey scored his tournament-best seventh goal for the USA.

CHESTER, Pa. -- Six games, three wins, one loss and a two draws.

Not exactly what you would expect from a CONCACAF power.

The United States completed one of its poorest showings at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, with a rather uninspiring shootout loss to Panama in the third-place match at PPL Park on Saturday.
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OFFSIDE REMARKS
Dempsey deserves a nice, long, stiff ban
I always thought that if Clint Dempsey was going to get into trouble again, it would be because of his elbows and not his hands.

Dempsey has a history of doing damage to the jaws of opponents in the past and as I have learned from covering sports all these years, old habits die hard.
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CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
Taking the long view with the US National Team
CHESTER, Pa.---Let’s be clear. Results matter in sports. Coaches who don’t get results get fired. It's plain and simple. But there are different kind of results. Yes, winning the Gold Cup, appearing in the final, even winning the third place game should mean something. Same for getting to the Confederations Cup, even though it is a contrived tournament created by FIFA to further clog the calendar and extract money from fans and sponsors. But not winning those competitions (or in the case of the Confederations Cup not getting there) is not the end of the world.
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MAKING THE KEYNOTE
Alexi Lalas to speak at NSCAA Summer Symposium

KANSAS CITY, Kan. --Former U.S. National Team defender and current ESPN commentator Alexi Lallas will give the keynote address at the NSCAA Summer Symposium in August.

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