Your Wednesday Kick Off

Heineken Rivalry Week kicks off …
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Kick Off: NY derby on tap | SKC’s Rubio on a roll | ATL duo close on return

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

Big Apple bout set

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New York City FC will be shooting for their fourth straight home derby win when the Red Bulls rumble into Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night (7 pm ET | FS1, TSN – TV & full streaming info) to kick off Heineken Rivalry Week. The scuffling Cityzens are hoping for an intensity boost that will help them rise to the occasion. READ MORE | PREVIEW

D.C. on the rise

In-form side D.C. United made the biggest jump in our MLSsoccer.com Power Rankings, vaulting four spots. The LA Galaxy and Portland each suffered a four-rung slip. READ MORE

Rubio leading SKC charge

Sporting KC have pulled out of a summer swoon with three straight wins, largely thanks to a purple patch from forward Diego Rubio. The Chilean forward has accounted for three goals and a game-winning assist during the streak, making him one of the most productive attackers in the league relative to minutes played. READ MORE

Garza, Nagbe back in training

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The returns of Darlington Nagbe (front) and Greg Garza (back) should boost Supporters’ Shield-leading Atlanta. | USA Today Images

Atlanta United are now counting the days until they can get left back Greg Garza and midfield general Darlington Nagbe back on the field. Both players have resumed light training after long layoffs. READ MORE

Sounders GM Lagerwey up for supporter vote

One of the interesting aspects of being a member of the Seattle Sounders family is set to go on display for just the second time starting next month. All eligible supporters will vote on their confidence in the performance of general manager Garth Lagerwey. READ MORE

Timbers easing return duo along

Speaking of Sunday’s Cascadia showdown, Portland expect to need more time to get returning old hands Lucas Melano and Jorge Villafana up to game speed. Meanwhile, defender Liam Ridgewell is back in training, but Timbers boss Giovanni Savarese remains unsure over when he can return to play. READ MORE

Loons sign trial midfielder

Minnesota United have made a late free agent pick-up, signing veteran defensive midfielder Fernando Bob. The former Internacional man latched on after a successful week-long audition. READ MORE

MLSsoccer.com Must-Watch

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D.C. United star Wayne Rooney nets Alcatel Player of the Week

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