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

Dynamo storm back late for draw

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Houston’s goose surely looked cooked midway through stoppage time of their Tuesday game against LAFC, but the hosts rallied in just two minutes to rescue a 2-2 tie. Adama Diomande turned provider with assists on each of the goals that had the away side up two, only for Mauro Manotas and Philippe Senderos to author the unlikely comeback. RECAP

Conference leaders make tricky trips

Supporters Shield table-toppers Atlanta United will put their seven-game road unbeaten run on the line in Wednesday’s tilt at FC Dallas (8 pm ET | TV & streaming info). It should be an emotional night for the hosts, who have just completed the sale of playmaker Mauro Diaz to UAE club Shabab Al-Ahli. READ MORE | PREVIEW

Real Salt Lake return home for an Independence Day clash against Sporting KC (10 pm ET | TV & streaming info). Including a U.S. Open Cup win there last month, the West leaders are 1-1-2 in their last four visits to Rio Tinto. PREVIEW

Galaxy aiming for playoff zone, Cameron

The LA Galaxy welcome D.C. United for a July 4 kickabout at the StubHub with a chance to rise above the playoff line with a win (10:30 pm ET | TV & streaming info). According to Yahoo’s Doug McIntyre, the Galaxy are proving dogged in their pursuit of Stoke City’s US defender Geoff Cameron. READ MORE | PREVIEW

Struggling MLS Cup finalists hit road

Colorado will aim to continue their resurgence when frequently troublesome guests Seattle come calling for a midweek duel (9 pm ET | TV & streaming info). While the Sounders enter with five losses from their last six road games, they have escaped Dick’s Sporting Goods Park with full points on seven of their nine visits. PREVIEW

Elsewhere, Minnesota United will be out to snap a three-game losing slide in Wednesday’s home tilt against slumping league champs Toronto FC (7 pm ET | TSN1/4 in Canada – full TV & streaming info). Last season, the Reds edged the first ever meeting between these clubs, 3-2, on a late Tosaint Ricketts strike. PREVIEW

Atlanta back atop Power Rankings

After a one-week absence, Atlanta United reclaimed the penthouse in our MLSsoccer.com Power Rankings. Chicago and Montreal each rose four spots, while Toronto’s three-rung drop was the biggest of the week. READ MORE

World Cup: Svensson, Sweden to final eight

Seattle midfielder Gustav Svensson stepped into Sweden’s lineup on Tuesday, helping his country clinch a World Cup quarterfinal date against England with a 1-0 win over Switzerland in St. Petersburg. The Sounders man ably deputized for suspended teammate Sebastian Larsson to help oust the world’s sixth-ranked side. READ MORE

Warshaw: My midseason award favorites

Now that we’ve reached the midway point of the season, Bobby Warshaw has offered up his picks for MLS award front-runners to date. He also chooses a midseason Best XI, which unsurprisingly includes three Atlanta United stars. READ MORE

If you can’t get enough midseason analysis, Warshaw and Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle also ran the rule over all 23 teams, finding one positive and one negative for each team, no matter their record. READ MORE

MLSsoccer.com Must-Watch

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