Your Wednesday Kick Off

Previewing Wednesday’s US Open Cup matchups
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Kick Off: Philly cruise, Revs out in USOC | Marsch, Vieira reports persist

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

Open Cup: Union roll, Revs upset

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David Accam is finally off the mark for his new team. | USA Today Images

David Accam’s first goal for the club helped Philadelphia race out to a four-goal first half lead on their way to a 5-0 rout of Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup visitors Richmond on Wednesday night. Elsewhere, D.C. United squeaked into the next round with a shootout victory over North Carolina FC, while New England blew two leads to become the first MLS side out of the USOC, falling to USL leaders Louisville. UNION-KICKERS RECAP | D.C. EDGE NORTH CAROLINA ON PK’s | REVS OUSTED IN L’VILLE

Ten USOC games on tap for Wednesday

Wednesday night will see 17 more MLS clubs dive into the U.S. Open Cup pool for the first time in 2018. There will be five games east of the Mississippi, including the second New York derby of the year. The west side of America will feature five more midweek match-ups, with defending champs Sporting KC entering the fray at Real Salt Lake. WEDS. PREVIEW PT. 1 | PT. 2 | PT. 3

We love lists: Open Cup edition

As MLS clubs invade this year’s domestic cup battle, we picked our choices for the top 10 tournament stars of the MLS era. As you’d expect, players who’ve suited up for Chicago, Seattle and Sporting KC over the past 23 years feature prominently. READ MORE

Atlanta back atop Power Rankings

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Josef Martinez’s hat trick has Atlanta back atop both the MLS standings and the Power Rankings. | USA Today Images

There was plenty of movement in this week’s MLSsoccer.com Power Rankings. Atlanta United regained the top spot, while Real Salt Lake made a huge six-rung climb on the strength of last week’s two wins. READ MORE

Reports swirl around Marsch, Vieira

German tabloid Bild claims that Bundesliga side RB Leipzig could announce the signing of New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch during Major League Soccer’s upcoming World Cup break. READ MORE

Turning focus to the Bronx, L’Equipe are among the French outlets reporting that Nice are set to land the services of New York City FC boss Patrick Vieira as early as next week. READ MORE

Tracking Orlando’s ups and down

To put it mildly, Orlando City have been the league’s roller-coaster side thus far: a winless three-game start flipped around for a six-game win streak, and now they’ve dropped four in a row to stand even-steven at 6-6-1 through 13 matches. Our Benjamin Baer writes that the explanations for their wild swings are actually quite easy to pinpoint. READ MORE

Reyna, Techera up their production

The season did not start well for the Vancouver attack duo of Yordy Reyna and Cristian Techera, but their patch of explosive form has helped the slumping side turn things around of late. After combining for just a goal and an assist over the first 11 games, the two have sparked the Whitecaps’ current unbeaten run by contributing a total of six goals and three helpers in the last four matches. READ MORE

MLSsoccer.com Must-Watch

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