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Kick Off: Atlanta re-take Shield lead | Thriller in DC | Zlatan hits 500

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

D.C. can’t outscore BWP

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Sunday’s clash between D.C. United and the visiting New York Red Bulls certainly lived up to the advance top billing, with the Eastern rivals splitting a six-pack of goals for a 3-3 draw. Despite bringing the guests back from a deficit three times, hat trick hero Bradley Wright-Phillips was left disappointed by the way his side performed defensively. READ MORE | RECAP

Also Sunday, Chicago ended a galling 0-8-1 run with a 4-0 stroll past guests Orlando City. Nemanja Nikolic hit twice and recent injury returnee Michael de Leeuw bagged his first goal since August of last year to spark the Fire. RECAP

Atlanta reclaim Shield lead

With the Red Bulls only pocketing a point, Atlanta United ended the weekend back atop both the East and the Supporters’ Shield by cruising to a 3-0 win at Colorado on Saturday afternoon. Miguel Almiron scored two goals and added an assist to lead the way. RECAP

Zlatan scores No. 500, but TFC win

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MLS Cup holders Toronto FC got back on track with a wild 5-3 home victory over the LA Galaxy on Saturday night. The game saw visiting star Zlatan Ibrahimovic score his 500th career goal with a crazy reverse-roundhouse kick that left even the BMO crowd in awe. READ MORE | RECAP

Reds turn eyes to Campeones Cup

Toronto won’t have much time to rest on their laurels as their focus turns to the inaugural Campeones Cup on Wednesday (8:15 pm ET | ESPN2, Univision; TSN, TVA Sports). Head coach Greg Vanney was coy on what his squad would look like, but rest assured: TFC are not taking the chance to add to their trophy case lightly. READ MORE

Philly feel the Impact

Montreal made a big statement in the Eastern Conference playoff race with a surprise 4-1 rout of Saturday hosts Philadelphia. In his weekend review, Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle insists it’s time for people to stop looking past the Impact as the chase for the postseason heats up. READ MORE | RECAP

Nine straight W’s for Sounders, SKC go top

Seattle made it nine wins in a row with a 2-1 derby decision at Vancouver on Saturday. Raul Ruidiaz scored twice as the Sounders claimed the Cascadia Cup for the first time since 2015. READ MORE | RECAP

However, it was Sporting KC that grabbed the West perch by handing a 5-1 lesson to home side San Jose on Saturday night. Gerso rang up two goals and as many assists to lead the visitors to their sixth win in seven. RECAP

Fit to be tied at Dallas, LAFC, RSL

FC Dallas slipped out of the West penthouse after battling Saturday guests Columbus to a scoreless draw. The point nudged the Crew four points clear of Philadelphia for fourth place in the East, which comes with a home game in the Knockout Round of the playoffs. RECAP

Brandon Bye netted his first MLS goal eight minutes from time to earn New England a 1-1 share at LAFC. Though now unbeaten in five, Bob Bradley’s boys lost ground on the two teams above them in the West. RECAP

Real Salt Lake also let valuable points slip away at home on Saturday, settling for a 1-1 draw with Minnesota United. Miguel Ibarra leveled with six minutes remaining to keep RSL from jumping past LAFC into third place. RECAP

How does FIFA19 rate MLS stars?

The new edition of FIFA’s video game is set for release at the end of the month. To get you ready, we’ve got the list of the 30 highest-rated MLS players in this year’s game. READ MORE

MLSsoccer.com Must-Watch:

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Match Day Central: Bobby, Calen, Julie & Matt discuss Saturday’s action

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