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Kick Off: Tigres gets TFC revenge | Wild Week 30 Wednesday out West

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

Tigres raise first Campeones Cup

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Defending MLS kings Toronto FC were done in by a Jesus Duenas double on Wednesday night, falling 3-1 at home to Tigres in the inaugural Campeones Cup showdown. From Greg Vanney’s viewpoint, the disappointing defeat was the perfect microcosm of TFC’s ill-fated 2018 campaign. READ MORE | PLAYER RATINGS | RECAP

Atlanta takes wild one in San Jose

Atlanta United survived a major scare on Wednesday night, pulling clear atop the Supporters’ Shield table with a highly eventful 4-3 rally win at San Jose. The match turned on a Video Review that not only pulled back a goal, but left Atlanta at the spot. WATCH VIDEO | RECAP

In other Five Stripes news, head coach Tata Martino shot down new departure rumors by revealing that he’s weighing an extension offer fro the Mercedes-Benz outfit. READ MORE

Union end Sounders win streak at 9

A stoppage-time strike by Fafa Picault earned Philadelphia a 1-0 victory at Seattle on Wednesday night. In addition to the insult of losing their nine-game win streak, the Sounders suffered a key injury when striker Raul Ruidiaz departed in the first half with an ankle sprain. READ MORE | RECAP

Timbers top Columbus

Andy Polo bagged his first MLS goal and added an assist to help Portland ring up a 3-2 win over midweek guests Columbus. Thanks to their third straight home victory, the Timbers rose two rungs to fourth place in the West. READ MORE | RECAP

NYCFC hopes break will cure ails

Though his team went into a two-break in the schedule winless in five, New York City FC head coach Dome Torrent is betting that the pause will do them good. Because his charges are still controlling play and creating chances, the Yankee Stadium boss isn’t planning to make any major changes. READ MORE

FCC break ground on training center

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This rendering shows an aerial view of FCC’s planned Mercy Health Training Center | Courtesy FC Cincinnati

In other expansion team news, FC Cincinnati marked the official start of work on a new Mercy Health Training Center by breaking ground at the site on Wednesday. The facility, which should be fully operational next August, will also serve as the club’s headquarters. READ MORE

The Inter Miami CF badge explained

Expansion side Inter Miami CF has put out a video detailing how their crest was born that features co-owner David Beckham, the logo designer and several pleased local fans. Meanwhile, Barcelona superstar Leo Messi is the latest big name linked with a 2020 move to Miami. WATCH VIDEO | READ MORE

MLSsoccer.com Must-Watch

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This Week In MLS: Susannah & Andrew in sunny Toronto

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