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Kick Off: Juventus edge All-Stars on PKs | A “beautiful night” for Seba

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

Juve takes All-Star Game in PK’s

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The MLS All-Stars got a first half equalizer from local hero Josef Martinez, but eventually fell in the 2018 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target after a penalty shootout loss to Juventus in Atlanta. After the game, Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle offered four observations from Wednesday night’s contest. READ MORE | RECAP

Playing in front of the latest record Mercedes-Benz Stadium crowd, Juventus came away impressed by the skill shown by the MLS All-Stars. The meeting made it “a beautiful night” for Toronto star Sebastian Giovinco, who came up through the Serie A giants’ youth ranks. JUVE ON ATLANTA | GIOVINCO ON JUVE

Liga MX boss offers MLS praise

One All-Star Game guest, Liga MX President Enrique Bonilla, was quite complimentary about the growth of MLS. He also offered optimism that a future All-Star Game could finally pit the stars of these neighboring leagues against each other. READ MORE

Roldan thankful for All-Star break

For the first time in eight years, Seattle had no representative in the All-Star Game, and that’s just fine with Cristian Roldan. The midfielder stated that the defending Western champs, who face an uphill battle to net a postseason return, are still trying to get their entire selection fit and ready for the home stretch. READ MORE

Lions have faith in their future

Though Orlando City remain in a struggle to earn their first ever playoff berth, general manager Niki Budalic told Pro Soccer USA that he’s confident they’ll find the winning formula. He added that they’re working right up to the transfer deadline to improve the squad. READ MORE

Exports: Miazga headed for Nantes loan

ESPN scribe Jeff Carlisle reports that Nantes have hijacked a loan move for Chelsea defender Matt Miazga made by Ligue 1 rival Caen. The New York Red Bulls product turned US international is said to be one medical and one signature away from completing the move. READ MORE

NYCFC nominee wins Community MVP Award

At halftime of the All-Star Game, New York City FC nominee Adrian Conoboy was handed the MLS Community MVP Award. The prize includes a $25,000 donation to his We Can Kick It charity, which offers soccer programs for kids and young adults battling cancer. READ MORE

MLSsoccer.com Must-Watch

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Mic’d up with a twist: Guzan talks to ESPN during live action at All-Star

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