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Kick Off: Schmid steps down in LA | USMNT challenge Mexico tonight

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

Schmid steps down as Galaxy coach

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Sigi Schmid stepped down Monday, ending his second stint as LA Galaxy head coach. | USA Today Sports Images

Sigi Schmid stepped down as LA Galaxy head coach on Monday, handing the interim reins to Dom Kinnear. In discussing the move, the Galaxy reaffirmed it was a “collective decision.” READ MORE | FULL COVERAGE

Bobby Warshaw tries to work through a few ways the Galaxy might save their season, while Tom Bogert looks at who could eventually take the full-time job. READ MORE | 5 OPTIONS

USMNT set for Mexico dust-up

The US national team will continue their growth while reviving the rivalry with neighbors Mexico in Nashville on Tuesday night (8:30 pm ET | ESPN, Univision, UDN). Most pressing on the agenda is the search for team identity by the roster’s many young players. READ MORE | PREVIEW

Week 28 honor roll

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NYCFC forward David Villa led all MLS players with 1,303 points in the Week 28 Audi Player Index. | MLSsoccer.com

A shortened MLS round of games saw Portland and Sporting KC dominate our MLS Team of the Week. Timbers playmaker Sebastian Blanco earned his first nod of the season after making “the bench” four times, while SKC left back Seth Sinovic made the cut for the second time in three weeks. READ MORE

Early D.C. returns for Arriola, Mattocks

Playoff chasers D.C. United are enjoying early returns from the international break ahead of Wednesday’s home tilt with Minnesota United FC. Both Paul Arriola and Darren Mattocks were granted leave from their national teams to rejoin a side battling a rash of injuries in the middle of a key fixture crunch. READ MORE

Pique next in line to Miami?

Spanish daily Don Balon reports that Barcelona and Spain defender Gerard Pique has made a deal with wife Shakira to join David Beckham’s Miami side when his Nou Camp pact runs out in the summer of 2020. This revelation comes on the heels of an English report claiming the expansion club’s co-owner is eager to enlist several of his fellow Manchester United alumni. READ MORE

Transfer talk: Dielna, Hlousek, Norman Jr.

According to France’s Foot Mercato, La Liga battlers Real Betis want to snap up [in French.—ed.] New England defender Claude Dielna when his contract expires this winter. The Frenchman has also recently been linked to Fenerbahce and Sunderland. READ MORE

Legia Warsaw’s Czech Republic left back Adam Hlousek has been linked with a Sporting KC move [in Czech—ed.] by homeland outlet Sport. The 29-year-old was previously rumored to be an NYCFC target in the spring. READ MORE

Meanwhile, Vancouver Whitecaps prospect David Norman Jr. has gone out on a three-month loan at Scottish second flight side Queen of the South. The 20-year-old midfielder made his Whitecaps debut in Canadian Championship play this summer. READ MORE

SKC out to show Red Card to bullies

Sporting KC have kicked off a new attempt to stop bullying with their Red Card initiative. The club have teamed up with Children’s Mercy to launch an innovative program in area middle schools and high schools. READ MORE

MLSsoccer.com Must-Watch

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Andrew, Bobby & Matt preview Tuesday’s US vs. Mexico friendly

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