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Canadian Championship final and two midweek MLS tilts …
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Kick Off: Galaxy settle for draw | Can. Champ. final, two MLS games tonight

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

Rallies gain Rapids a point

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Rapidly improving Colorado bounced back from late deficits twice to earn a 2-2 tie away to the LA Galaxy on Tuesday night. It marked the third straight game, and sixth this season, that the Galaxy dropped points by conceding late. RECAP

Canadian Championship: All to play for

Boosted by a 2-2 draw in the away leg of the Canadian Championship final, Toronto FC will aim for a tournament three-peat and a berth in the 2019 Concacaf Champions League in Wednesday’s return leg against visiting Vancouver (7:30 pm ET | TSN – full TV & streaming info). The Whitecaps have a mighty task ahead if they want to lift the trophy for the first time since 2015; Toronto FC haven’t lost a tournament match at home in over 10 years, going 15-0-3 with 11 shutouts in that span. PREVIEW

Midweek MLS tilts at DCU, LAFC

Improving playoff chasers D.C. United will surely be plotting a rude reception for first-time Audi Field visitors Portland on Wednesday night (8 pm ET | TV & streaming info). The home fans will see a familiar face in goal, as returning loan star Bill Hamid is set to start for the Black-and-Red. READ MORE | PREVIEW

Out West, LAFC will try to halt a five-game win drought when Real Salt Lake make their first visit to Banc of California Stadium (10 pm ET | ESPN2 – full TV & streaming info). Fresh from his LAFC debut, hometown boy Christian Ramirez vowed to be a fox in the box for a side skilled at playing into the final third. READ MORE | PREVIEW

Can the NY teams challenge Atlanta?

Following a round of games that saw top dogs Atlanta United stand idle, both New York City FC and the Red Bulls inched closer to the leaders in our MLSsoccer.com Power Rankings. Philadelphia’s three-rung climb was the best of the week, while both Houston and New England fell as many spots. READ MORE

Warshaw: Union a joy to watch

Not only are the Union climbing in the Power Rankings, they have become one of the most watchable teams in MLS, writes Bobby Warshaw. He argues that their style of play and promise for the future makes them must-see viewing. READ MORE

Medranda sidelined until spring

The Kansas City Star reported on Tuesday that key Sporting KC handyman Jimmy Medranda will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his left knee. In fact, the recovery process is expected to extend beyond the start of the 2019 campaign. READ MORE

Loons auditioning a midfielder

According to local scribe Jeff Reuter, Minnesota United have designs on signing Brazilian trialist Fernando Bob. The veteran defensive midfielder is a free agent who most recently played for Ponte Preta in his native country. READ MORE

MLSsoccer.com Must-Watch

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Instant Replay: Andrew & Bobby rewind Week 24’s closest calls

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