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Kick Off: Wild Cali Clasico | Timbers break Seattle duck | Week 18 recap

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

See-saw Clasico ends up even, Timbers win in Seattle

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic fired his third straight brace, but the LA Galaxy let a two-goal lead slip to settle for a 3-3 Cali Clasico draw at San Jose. Chris Wondolowski’s second of the night knotted matters for good with 20 minutes to go. WATCH ANALYSIS | RECAP

In Saturday’s other big derby, Larrys Mabiala bagged a double to help Portland score their first MLS regular-season away victory over arch-rivals Seattle in a wild 3-2 affair. Help is on the way for the Sounders’ meek attack in the form of Peru striker Raul Ruidiaz, who says the idea to play in the Emerald City originated when he played a Copa America match at CenturyLink Field in 2016. READ MORE | RECAP

Atlanta United school slumping Lions

Miguel Almiron scored twice as Atlanta United went five points clear atop the Supporters’ Shield standings with a 4-0 decision that doomed Orlando City to their eighth straight defeat. The Lions did hire a boss over the weekend, and Bobby Warshaw wrote about what to expect from new head coach James O’Connor. READ MORE | RECAP

West race tightens at the top

Don’t look now, but Montreal have posted three straight shutout wins following Saturday’s 2-0 blanking of West leaders Sporting KC. The Impact frustrated their visitors, who waved goodbye to a seven-game unbeaten run. RECAP

On Friday, FC Dallas moved toward the top with a 1-0 victory at Minnesota United. Thanks to Roland Lamah’s 59th-minute goal, FCD won for the fifth time in their last six games. RECAP

Diomande hat trick boosts LAFC

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LAFC striker Adama Diomande’s hat trick paced a 4-1 rout of Saturday guests Philadelphia. The win pulled Bob Bradley’s side to within two points of the Western summit. WATCH VIDEO | RECAP

RBNY, Rapids edge Sunday road wins

An early Kemar Lawrence tally was all the New York Red Bulls would need to chalk up a 1-0 away win over Toronto FC. The visitors climbed to second in the East on the strength of their third consecutive victory. RECAP

Colorado started their first MLS win streak in over a year with a 1-0 victory at Vancouver on Sunday night. In his weekend review, Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle tips his cap to a Rapids side that has made a sudden U-turn. READ MORE | RECAP

Crew SC back on track, Revs and Fire warming

Columbus rode early strikes from Gyasi Zardes and Eduardo Sosa to a 2-1 home win over Real Salt Lake. By snapping a five-game win drought, Gregg Berhalter’s boys stayed within range of second place in the East. RECAP

Cristian Penilla scored twice, including the 78th-minute decider, to lead New England past pesky visitors D.C. United by a 3-2 count. The Revs are reportedly looking to boost an already productive attack by chasing Stoke City’s Bojan Krcic. READ MORE | RECAP

Chicago are also warming up in the East, with their 3-2 home win against New York City FC on Saturday. Red-hot Fire man Aleksandar Katai’s double brought the home side back from a halftime deficit. RECAP

MLSsoccer.com Must-Watch

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Watch all 38 goals from Week 18

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