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Here is everything you need to know about MLS and North American soccer this morning:
MLS Homegrowns take on Tigres U-20s
Tuesday night at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground, the MLS Homegrown Game (8:30 pm ET | UDN, Twitter) will pit MLS’s hottest prospects against current Liga MX Under-20 champs Tigres in Atlanta. PREVIEW
Adams, Quintero added to All-Star squad
New York Red Bulls midfielder and Minnesota United forward Darwin Quintero have been called into the MLS side set to square off against Juventus in Wednesday’s All-Star Game. The duo will step in for a pair of superstar strikers that have begged out of the match, the LA Galaxy’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Villa of NYCFC. READ MORE
How soccer succeeded in Atlanta. And what’s next.
With MLS All-Star Week hosted by Atlanta United, local writer J. Sam Jones reviewed 5 reasons soccer succeeded in the ATL, with a look at why it managed to exceed expectation, on and off the field. READ MORE
And it won’t stop there. Sam Stejskal exclusively interviewed Darren Eales to discuss what’s next for the Five Stripes, and their ambition – never hidden – aims globally. READ MORE
Seba amped up for Juve reunion
There are a few MLS All-Stars that are no stranger to esteemed foe Juventus, but none is closer to the Old Lady than Turin native Sebastian Giovinco. The Toronto FC superstar is eager to face the Bianconeri, with whom he spent most of the first 10 years of his career. READ MORE
FCC clinch Adi, Alashe captures
As expected forthcoming expansion team FC Cincinnati netted their first two players by completing a pair of trades to acquire Fanendo Adi from Portland and Fatai Alashe from San Jose. However, it remains to be seen if Adi finishes the current USL season in Cincinnati; Sam Stejskal reports that Montreal are hoping to swing a loan deal for the striker. STEJSKAL | READ MORE
Week 22 honor roll
LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic led the Week 22 Audi Player index with 2,065 points. | MLSsoccer.com
Both Seattle defender Kim Kee-hee and Atlanta United strike ace Josef Martinez kept their places in our MLS Team of the Week from the last round. Reigning conference champs Seattle and Toronto FC were the only teams to put two field players in the XI. READ MORE
Re-live the top first half goals, moments
The All-Star break offers time to reflect on how we got here, so we’ve put together video packages for you to reminisce over the best goals and the top 10 moments from the season to date.
Transfer wire: Bassi, Ayuk
According to French daily L’Est Républicain, Chicago have narrowly missed out [In French.—ed.] on acquiring the No. 10 they’ve been seeking for a while now. It seems that the Fire had all but sealed a deal to land Morocco youth international Amine Bassi from Ligue 2 outfit Nancy, when the youngster decided that he would prefer to stay with his current club. READ MORE
Meanwhile, Philadelphia are reportedly close to a sale, with young winger Eric Ayuk apparently headed to Turkish side Trabzonspor. READ MORE
MLS Fantasy fall season begins today!
The arrival of the All-Star break brings a fresh chance to win in our MLS Fantasy Game. The fall season kicks off on Tuesday, so everyone starts even once again. READ MORE
Andrew & Bobby hit Instant Replay on Week 22’s toughest calls