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Kick Off: Revs drop NYCFC | Inside the Ciman transfer | Player of the Month

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

Revolution take the points at NYCFC

Brian Wright’s first MLS goal was enough for New England to edge home side New York City FC, 1-0, on Wednesday night for their first win in over two months. Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle invited Bobby Warshaw over to kick around the result and how it came to be. READ MORE | RECAP

Martinez completes PotM brace

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For the second time in a row, Atlanta United record breaker Josef Martinez has bagged the MLS Player of the Month. The strike star has now grabbed this prize four times in less than two MLS seasons. READ MORE

Ilsinho, Dockal to Philly shelf

Form side Philadelphia has been hit with a pair of troublesome midfield injuries, with Ilsinho slated for 3-4 weeks in recovery from an abductor strain. The news is slightly better regarding playmaker Borek Dockal, who should only miss a couple of weeks with an ankle ailment.

Stejskal: Examining the Ciman sale

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LAFC recently transferred captain Laurent Ciman to Dijon. | USA Today Sports Images

Plenty of observers were taken aback by the timing of Laurent Ciman’s departure from LAFC, so Sam Stejskal clarifies why the club dealt their skipper in the midst of a playoff charge. Spoiler alert: It was a tough decision with many moving parts. READ MORE

USMNT: Manager search, squad goals

Jeff Carlisle of ESPN takes a look at the ins and outs of the USMNT’s ongoing managerial search. He breaks down both the mechanics of the process and some key potential candidates. READ MORE

Back to the more pressing issue of their upcoming friendlies against Brazil and Mexico, Cy Brown of Forbes attempts to outline all the team can gain from the current camp. At the top of his wish list? Building cohesion in key areas of the field. READ MORE

Your Concacaf Nations League primer

Canada are preparing to begin Concacaf Nations League qualifying on Sunday, and Tom Bogert lays out a Concacaf Nations League primer that should answer most all your questions about the brand new tournament. READ MORE

Stajduhar confronts cancer on path to MLS debut

Yahoo! Sports scribe Eric Adelson details the inspirational lengths Orlando City ‘keeper Mason Stajduhar has gone to in maintaining his MLS dream while also battling bone cancer. READ MORE

MLSsoccer.com Must-Watch

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Jillian Sakovits and David Gass take over the This Week In MLS couch

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