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Kick Off: Team of the Week | Adams “Rising” with USMNT | Miami expansion

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

Black-and-Red hail Rooney influence

It didn’t take long for D.C. United players and staff to see how Wayne Rooney can help grab a game by the neck without scoring. Following their weekend win over Vancouver, they all feted the tactical tool belt the big DP-signing brings to Audi Field. READ MORE

Week 20 honor roll

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MNUFC’s Darwin Quintero topped the Week 20 Audi Player Index with 1,309 points | MLSsoccer.com

New York City FC were the only MLS club to find two players on an MLS Team of the Week that spread the love around. Minnesota United striker Darwin Quintero kept his place in the XI from last week, while Montreal’s Nacho Piatti earned his fifth nod of the season. READ MORE

RBNY’s Adams among “Rising” USMNT talents

The US national team has put out a video series that gives fans the chance to become better acquainted with 11 young players expected to play a big part in the program’s future. Among four MLSers featured is Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams, who got where he is today through a professional work ethic. WATCH VIDEO

Report: Galaxy talent Llanez trialing with Bayern

On the heels of news that FC Dallas defender Chris Richards will go on loan to Bayern Munich’s Under-19 side, another young MLS prospect is on his way to spend time with the Bavarians. Fox Sports’ Keith Costigan reports that LA Galaxy Academy winger Uly Llanez is set for a training stint with the Bundesliga kings. READ MORE

Miami expansion news coming, promises Mas

According to Jorge Mas of the Miami expansion club’s ownership group, there is plenty of big news on the way. Speaking with the local Miami Herald, Mas revealed that 1) the club’s name will soon be announced, 2) they are in serious talks with a GM candidate that has loads of MLS experience & 3) one of Croatia’s marquee players is “extremely interested” in playing for the Magic City side. READ MORE

Rumor: Sounders linked with young winger

Fresh from landing Raul Ruidiaz, Seattle are now being mentioned as a suitor for AIK wide man Nicolas Stefanelli. The 23-year-old has been a spot starter for the unbeaten Allsvenskan leaders this term, notching three goals and two helpers in 15 total appearances. READ MORE

Reports: Seba, Eriksson agents nix rumors

The agent for Sebastian Giovinco has poured ice water on speculation [in Italian—ed.] that Toronto FC star could jump ship to join Lazio. Not only is the Atomic Ant unwilling to leave BMO Field right now, but rep Andrea D’Amico told Il Messagero that he’s had no calls from the Serie A side. READ MORE

Meanwhile, the agent for San Jose attacker Magnus Eriksson has shot down talk [in Swedish—ed.] that his client is looking for a move back to old side Djurgardens. “He is happy (with the Quakes), even if the results are not fun right now,” Per Jonsson told FotbollDirekt. READ MORE

MLSsoccer.com Must-Watch

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Andrew and Bobby hit Instant Replay on the weekend’s closest calls

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