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USMNT welcomes friendly foe Brazil
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Kick Off: USA, Canada in action | NYCFC, SKC, Portland host important games

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

USMNT welcomes friendly foe Brazil

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The US national team will kick off the new World Cycle with Friday night’s tough friendly test against Brazil in East Rutherford, New Jersey (7:30 pm ET | FS1, UniMás, UDN). The squad will be without Sebastian Lletget, who has departed camp due to a nagging abdominal injury. READ MORE | WIEBE: WHO I’D START VS. BRAZIL | PREVIEW

Nations League opener for Canada

Canada will embark on their Concacaf Nations League qualifying road with Sunday’s match against the US Virgin Islands in Bradenton, Florida (4 pm ET | oz.com). Our Daniel Squizzato writes that now is the time for manager John Herdman to begin shaping the future through youth. READ MORE | PREVIEW

The Rooney-Acosta show plays NYC

On Saturday afternoon, New York City FC will try to regain their footing against a visiting D.C. United outfit that hasn’t won away since May and has dropped all three meetings at Yankee Stadium by a 10-3 combined count (4:55 pm ET | Univision, Twitter – full TV & streaming info). The Cityzens could get a surprise boost before the end of the season, as recovering midfielder Yangel Herrera says his ankle injury is healing faster than expected. READ MORE | PREVIEW

Can SKC, Timbers climb at home?

Sporting KC can jump into sole possesion of second place in the West with a victory over Saturday night guests Orlando City (8:30 pm ET | TV & streaming info). Sam Stejskal dives into the other big SKC news of the week to find a club quite happy with the contract extensions handed out to four key cogs. READ MORE | PREVIEW

Meanwhile, Portland can leapfrog rivals Seattle to take fifth place when they host a Colorado side that has leaked multiple goals in nine of 12 road games this season (10:30 pm ET | TV & streaming info). With Jake Gleeson and now Jeff Attinella on the mend, the Timbers will turn to new netminder Steve Clark for Saturday’s contest. READ MORE | PREVIEW

Webb, Agoos reflect on VAR year one

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There’s been plenty to reflect on after a year of Video Review. | USA Today Images

Now that we’re most of the way through the first MLS season to feature the Video Review system, chief architects Jeff Howard Webb and Jeff Agoos have stepped back to review the system itself. And despite some hiccups, each is pleased with its impact on games. READ MORE

Caps add Dutch winger Emnes

Vancouver have received a dose of Dutch attacking guile with the free agent signing of winger Marvin Emnes. The 30-year old came up with hometown side Sparta Rotterdam before working 238 total matches in England for Blackburn, Middlesbrough and Swansea City. READ MORE

Elsewhere, D.C. United may also be looking to add to their squad for the stretch run. The Washington Post has the Black-and-Red pondering a move to pick up erstwhile Chicago defender Kevin Ellis. READ MORE

Report: Euro powers browsing Bello

According to Italy’s Calcio Mercato, a laundry list of big European clubs have their scouts keeping tabs on precocious Atlanta United left back George Bello. Fresh off his MLS debut, the 16-year-old is apparently being monitored by the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City. READ MORE

MLSsoccer.com Must-Watch:

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Beyond The Stands: Kelyn Rowe’s “Never. Ever. Give. Up.” crew

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