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Kick Off: All-Star jersey released | Croizet golazo sends on SKC in USOC

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

2018 MLS All-Star jersey released

4ce18245-c0e3-4f86-b234-da2548225ca5.jpg Monday marked the unveiling of the adidas jersey MLS’s best will wear on August 1 when they take on Italian giants Juventus in the 2018 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The cream white, red and blue jersey incorporates nods to Atlanta’s transportation history. SEE MORE

LAFC’s Carlos Vela, El Tri top Germany

In part thanks to 58 industrious minutes from LAFC ace Carlos Vela, Mexico scored a 1-0 upset win over World Cup holders Germany in Moscow on Sunday. READ MORE

Meanwhile, Belgium have decided to risk a World Cup roster spot for recovering defender Vincent Kompany even though he won’t be fit to play during the group phase. That means that LAFC defender Laurent Ciman has left camp and won’t be used as an emergency injury replacement. READ MORE

USOC: Sporting KC march on

Reigning Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup champs Sporting KC continued their title defense with a thrilling 3-2 triumph over Saturday night guests FC Dallas. Surprise hero Yohan Croizet scored the self-described best goal of his career to decide matters in the 89th minute. READ MORE | RECAP

Union, Timbers also reach Open Cup QFs

In Saturday’s other Open Cup contest, Philadelphia made it five quarterfinal appearances in seven tries with a 2-1 home victory against the New York Red Bulls. Haris Medunjanin and Cory Burke rang the bell to see off their nearby rivals. RECAP

Out west, Portland rode a Sebastian Blanco first-half strike to a 1-0 Round of 16 decision over the visiting LA Galaxy on Friday night. The Timbers, who have posted three straight shutouts at Providence Park, return to the quarterfinals for the first time in four years. RECAP

Loons visit Houston for Cup tilt

Houston will host a Monday night football special against U.S. Open Cup foe Minnesota United FC (8:30 pm ET | USsoccer.com), who will be after their first quarterfinal berth. The Loons will need to slow down Alberth Elis, who has scored in each of his three games against them. PREVIEW

What next for Orlando City?

Sam Stejskal writes that Jason Kreis’ removal as head coach is quite understandable, but the move still represents a considerable gamble during their drive to earn a first postseason berth. READ MORE | 5 POTENTIAL HIRES

Exports: Donovan leaves Club Leon

Liga MX side Leon announced that they’ve parted ways with former US star Landon Donovan. READ MORE

MLSsoccer.com Must-Watch

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Watch: Yohan Croizet’s stunning volley winner against FC Dallas

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