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Kick Off: RBNY held at NYCFC | Rivalry Week continues in Chicago, Houston

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

Nine-man NYCFC hang on for share

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Despite having two men sent off, New York City FC gutted out a 1-1 draw with the local rival Red Bulls on Wednesday night. Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle invited Bobby Warshaw over to kick around an atypical NY derby, with each concluding that the result helped Atlanta United most. READ MORE | RECAP

Elis returns for Texas tussle

Slumping Houston will be eager to break a seven-game Texas derby win drought when FC Dallas comes to town on Thursday night (9 pm ET | UniMás – full TV & streaming info). The Dynamo, who have lost five straight, are hoping for an offensive spark with Alberth Elis’ return from suspension. READ MORE | PREVIEW

Slumping Fire host Columbus

Also on Thursday, Chicago will try to snap an eight-game losing skid in their Rivalry Week match-up against visiting Columbus (7 pm ET | TV & streaming info). Gregg Berhalter’s men will want to keep close watch on Nemanja Nikolic, who has four goals in the last four overall meetings. PREVIEW

LAFC’s Bradley: This is the big one

As he prepares his team for the season’s third and final El Trafico derby with the LA Galaxy, LAFC boss Bob Bradley says this city clash is the most important one so far. Setting aside the collapse LAFC endured in the first two meetings, Bradley pointed out that Friday’s showdown is most vital because of clear playoff stretch jockeying implications. READ MORE

Additional bans for Altidore, Salinas

On Wednesday, the Disciplinary Committee padded a pair of bans. Toronto FC strike ace Jozy Altidore and San Jose flank flyer Shea Salinas each had one additional game tacked on to their existing suspensions. READ MORE

Transfer talk: Onuoha, Williamson

According to West London Sport, former Manchester City and QPR defender Nedum Onuoha is set to sign with Real Salt Lake. The 31-year-old center back has 188 games of Premier League experience. READ MORE

Meanwhile, American Soccer Now scribe Brian Sciaretta reports that Portland midfielder Eryk Williamson is heading out on loan to Portuguese risers Santa Clara. The youngster, who made his Timbers debut in a U.S. Open Cup win back in June, is apparently being shipped out to find some playing time. READ MORE

Quakes’ Kashia nets UEFA equality award

San Jose defender Guram Kashia has been honored with UEFA’s inaugural #EqualGame Award for his LGBTQ rights advocacy. READ MORE

MLSsoccer.com Must-Watch

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Bobby subs in for Calen on This Week In MLS

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