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Dallas move atop West, Quintero stuns TFC, Who’s eyeing Davies?
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Kick Off: Dallas move atop West | Quintero stuns TFC | Who’s eyeing Davies?

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

FC Dallas move into West penthouse

Tesho Akindele hopped off the bench to score twice in the final four minutes, pushing FC Dallas to the Western Conference summit with a 3-2 triumph over Wednesday visitors Atlanta United. The rally capped an emotional week brought on by the sudden departure of playmaker Mauro Diaz, who general manager Fernando Clavijo says is always welcome back at Toyota Stadium. READ MORE | RECAP

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The Texans stayed in the top spot after previous leaders Sporting KC suffered a 4-2 defeat at Real Salt Lake. The home side tentatively climbed to fourth in the West by becoming the first team to score four on the stingy Kansas City defense in nearly three years. RECAP

Galaxy let another lead slip

Zlatan Ibrahimovic volleyed home early to make it 10 goals in 13 MLS games, but the LA Galaxy would suffer a two-goal collapse for the second straight game to settle for a 2-2 share with Independence Day guests D.C. United. Darren Mattocks bagged his sixth in the capital crew’s last eight games with four minutes left to level matters. RECAP

Quintero hat trick leaves TFC reeling

A tasty trio of goals from Darwin Quintero led Minnesota United to a wild 4-3 win over visiting Toronto FC. While the Loons happily halted a three-game slide, Ben Couch statistically explains why it’s now or never to regroup for the struggling MLS Cup holders. READ MORE | RECAP

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Despite the seven goals in the game, the most emotional moment in the Twin Cities on Wednesday evening came when Loons midfielder Collin Martin took the field for the first time since coming out last week, a substitution that brought a thunderous applause from the TCF Bank Stadium crowd. READ MORE

Bruin lifts Sounders in Colorado

A pair of goals from Will Bruin earned Seattle a sorely-needed 2-1 win at Colorado. The Sounders snapped a three-game road losing streak. RECAP

Impact extend Fanni Stay

Montreal have moved to steady their back line by inking a contract extension with Rod Fanni. The veteran, who has started all six of the team’s shutout victories this season, is now signed through the end of the year with an option for 2019. READ MORE

Report: European giants sizing up Davies

Toronto Sun scribe Kurt Larson says that Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Manchester United, PSV Eindhoven and Real Madrid are among the big clubs hovering around Vancouver Whitecaps phenom Alphonso Davies. The 17-year-old Canada winger has two goals and seven assists in 18 appearances this term. READ MORE

Exports: Spurs bid big for Pulisic?

According to Germany’s Kicker, Tottenham have put a $58.5 million offer on the table for Borussia Dortmund attack ace Christian Pulisic. The teen USMNT star has also been linked with Premier League rivals Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United. READ MORE

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Re-live each sublime goal of Darwin Quintero’s hat trick

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