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Kick Off: MLS expands to Cincinnati for 2019 | Conference duels on deck

Here is everything you need to know about MLS and North American soccer this morning:

FC Cincinnati officially joins the MLS club

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Major League Soccer announced its 26th team on Tuesday, when Commissioner Don Garber helped officially unveil FC Cincinnati as the league’s latest expansion franchise. With them set to begin play next season, general manager Luke Sassano told the ExtraTime Radio crew that he’s already on the team-building clock. LISTEN TO ETR | READ MORE

For FC Cincinnati, Tuesday marked the singular moment a multi-year journey came to a close, with MLS expansion always in the eye of managing owner Carl H. Lindner III. READ MORE | PATH TO 2019

Revs, Union host East battles

East leaders Atlanta United were hit with some tough news ahead of Wednesday’s visit to New England (7:30 pm ET | TV & streaming info). The Five Stripes must do without the services of left back Gregory Garza for 4-6 months while he recovers from a shoulder operation. READ MORE | PREVIEW

Over in Philadelphia, an improving Union side will tackle a midweek visitor in Chicago (7:30 pm ET | TV & streaming info). Jim Curtin’s bunch have scored 11 goals during their current 2-0-2 home series run against the Fire. READ MORE

Warming FCD, Houston hit the road

Both of Major League Soccer’s Texas outfits will wager four-game unbeaten runs away to Western rivals on Wednesday night. Fourth-place FC Dallas will pay a visit to an LA Galaxy side (10:30 pm ET | TV & streaming info) they’ve bested three straight times. They’ll do so while trying to figure out how to replace left back Anton Nedyalkov, who is on the shelf for 6-8 weeks following surgery on his broken collarbone. READ MORE | PREVIEW

Meanwhile, fifth-place Houston will invade Rio Tinto to take on Real Salt Lake (9:30 pm ET | TV & streaming info). The are 3-0-1 in the last four series meetings. PREVIEW

Spector back in full training

An Orlando City side that has leaked six goals in dropping three straight were joined by a welcome returnee for Tuesday’s training session: captain Jonathan Spector. The veteran defender is back in the fold after missing seven games with a concussion. READ MORE

Ticos’ Waston: Matching 2014 our World Cup goal

Vancouver skipper Kendall Waston is now off for his first World Cup journey, and he says Costa Rica’s goal in Russia is to at least match their surprise quarterfinal run from four years ago. READ MORE

Meanwhile, the Whitecaps are hoping that returning defender Doneil Henry can help cover his absence. They’ll need all the backline help they can get, what with left back Marcel de Jong also now out with a knock. READ MORE

USMNT: 10 in, seven out

Ahead of Saturday’s friendly at Ireland, US interim manager Dave Sarachan has hit refresh on the squad. Seven players, including Christian Pulisic, have left camp, with 10 fresh faces brought in to run the roster size to 25. READ MORE

SKC Alekzandur reaches eWorld Cup Grand Final

Representing Sporting KC, 19-year-old local boy Alex Betancourt has qualified for the 2018 FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final. The tournament, to be held in London in August, will determine the world’s best FIFA player. READ MORE

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