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Kick Off: D.C. rally past MNUFC | Tata talks future | LAFC duo getting fit

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

D.C. rally tightens playoff race

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D.C. United’s amazing race toward the playoff line continued on Wednesday night with a 2-1 fightback win over visitors Minnesota United FC. For Andrew Wiebe, this adds to the case for why the Black-and-Red will overtake current holders Montreal. READ MORE | RECAP

Martino waves off Argentina rumors

Atlanta United boss Tata Martino has denied recent reports of talks over the national team jobs in Argentina and Colombia. Set to run out of contract at season’s end, the tactician says he’ll decide his future over the next 2-3 weeks. READ MORE

Ayre rolls up sleeves in Nashville

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Nashville MLS CEO Ian Ayre is narrowing down his GM search for the expansion club. | MLSsoccer.com

Now that they’ve clinched a new stadium deal, Nashville SC CEO Ian Ayre is set to put his nose to the grindstone in building the expansion team from the ground up. Next on the loaded agenda for the former Liverpool exec: hiring a GM to help him construct a technical staff. READ MORE

Reto Ziegler shows the way in Big D

Though FC Dallas defender Reto Ziegler concedes it took some time to adapt to the various rigors of MLS, Pro Soccer USA reports that he has become a real source of guidance for the West leaders’ blooming young pros over the course of the season. READ MORE

Dio, Danilo Silva close to LAFC returns?

In a midweek notebook entry, LAFC revealed that recovering aces Adama Diomande and Danilo Silva have each resumed full training ahead of Saturday’s visit from New England. READ MORE

Colman reflects on challenging debut season

It’s been a rough first MLS season for young Orlando City winger Josue Colman, who says it’s certainly not going according to plan. The disappointed Paraguay Under-20 international didn’t expect to be in and mostly out of the lineup, and he didn’t expects the club to be slumping toward another finish outside the playoff places. READ MORE

USMNT-Mexico aftershocks

Now that this latest round of US national team friendlies is in the books, Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle attempts to quantify what’s working and what’s next on the to-do list as the team ventures into a new World Cup cycle. READ MORE

Meanwhile, Slate’s El Tri fan Leon Krauze commented on the animosity soaked flare-up between Matt Miazga and Diego Lainez, calling it “bitter, petty, ridiculous… and also, well, fabulous” for North America’s primetime rivalry. READ MORE

MLSsoccer.com Must-Watch

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This Week In MLS: Susannah and Stephen discuss the Galaxy coaching change

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