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Kick Off: Acosta settles in after trade | Manotas shines | Team of the Week

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

Acosta wastes no time settling

Fresh Colorado catch Kellyn Acosta is certainly not sparing a moment to fit in among his new teammates. The US midfielder took part in his first training session not long after his flight over from Dallas landed, and he’s already declared himself eager to get in the game when the Rapids host friendly foe Boca Juniors on Tuesday night. READ MORE | WARSHAW: A WIN-WIN TRADE

Stejskal: Updates on Meram race

Sam Stejskal has squashed reports claiming that forthcoming expansion side FC Cincinnati were rivaling Columbus in trade sweepstakes for Orlando City winger Justin Meram. Our ace reporter says Vancouver are one club bidding for the former Crew SC ace. READ MORE

Quintero nets TotW hat trick

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MNUFC attacker Darwin Quintero led the Week 21 Audi Player Index with 1,309 points. | MLSsoccer.com

Minnesota United dazzler Darwin Quintero has become just the second player this season (joining Chicago’s Aleksandar Katai) to earn three consecutive nods on our MLS Team of the Week. Quintero was but one of three Loons named to the XI, while Montreal and Seattle landed two players in the team. READ MORE

Villa hails NYCFC tactical evolution

New York City FC are no longer a side wholly reliant on superstar forward David Villa to win, according to the man himself. The Cityzens have tactically found ways to win three straight despite missing both Villa (who has now resumed training) and back-up center forward Jo Inge Berget each game, plus joint-top scorer Ismael Tajouri-Shradi for the last two. READ MORE

Manotas steps into Dynamo spotlight

After spending the lion’s share of his first three MLS seasons playing strike second fiddle to the likes of Giles Barnes, Will Bruin and Cubo Torres, Houston’s Mauro Manotas is now flourishing as the main man up front. Thanks to five goals from his last five league starts, the 23-year-old has already equaled his career high of 10 tallies with 15 games remaining on the schedule. WATCH VIDEO

Revs land Bolivia MF Machado

New England have added to their midfield ranks by signing Cristhian Machado from homeland side Jorge Wilstermann. The defensive midfielder, who has three Bolivia caps to his credit, already holds a US Green Card and will not take up an international slot. READ MORE

Report: Sounders bid on Hurtado

Portuguese sports daily A Bola claims that Seattle have launched a $1.5 million bid for Vitoria Guimaraes attacker Paolo Hurtado. The 27-year-old Peru international chalked up 15 goals and 7 assists across all competitions last term. READ MORE

MLSsoccer.com Must-Watch

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Instant Replay: Andrew & Bobby review the weekend’s close calls

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