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Kick Off: Villa rescues NYCFC | SKC, POR win at home | Brazil lesson for US

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

NYCFC, D.C. share the points

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A fine late free kick from David Villa earned New York City FC a 1-1 draw against weekend visitors D.C. United. Despite some key absences, the visitors continued to show great fight in the playoff race. READ MORE | RECAP

SKC, Timbers blank visitors

Sporting KC used a game in hand to pull to within a point of the West penthouse with a 1-0 win over visiting Orlando City. In his weekend review, Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle notes how the result was quite predictable. READ MORE | RECAP

Also on Saturday, Jeremy Ebobisse and Diego Valeri found the net as Portland moved up to fifth in the West by scoring a 2-0 home victory over Colorado. Sebastian Blanco set up both strikes for the Timbers, who climbed past idle rivals Seattle. RECAP

Green USMNT fall to Brazil

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On Friday night, a youthful US national team side gained valuable experience in a 2-0 defeat against friendly foes Brazil. Even with a hiccup on Brazil’s first, Matt Miazga stood at the head of the class in our US player ratings. WIEBE: THREE THOUGHTS | RATINGS | RECAP

Canada cruises in CNL opener

Lucas Cavallini, debutant Jonathan David and Cyle Larin each bagged a brace as Canada strolled in an 8-0 rout over the US Virgin Islands in their first game of Concacaf Nations League qualifying. In his Canada player ratings, Daniel Squizzato writes that the team did the job expected against such a lowly-rated opponent. RATINGS | RECAP

Youngsters on the US/MEX fence

As the US national team gets to face arch-nemeses Mexico in Tuesday’s friendly, Goal’s Ives Galarcep takes a look at five dual-international hot prospects that have big decisions to make down the road about which side of the border to represent on the field. READ MORE

Griezmann talks MLS future

Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann is continuing to talk up playing in MLS as his next move. Piling on previous talk of suiting up for LAFC, the World Cup winner has now also declared an interest in joining David Beckham’s Inter Miami CF. READ MORE

Vint joins Atlanta academy

Atlanta United have scooped up a hot prospect in smooth midfielder Will Vint for their youth ranks. The 16-year-old left the Manchester United academy earlier this year. READ MORE

MLSsoccer.com Must-Watch:

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Medranda & Gerso climb FIFA Real-Life Skill charts

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