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Kick Off: ATL, RBNY in step for Shield | FCD reclaim West | Week 30 recap

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

FC Dallas regain West penthouse as SKC fall

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A late restart conversion by Matt Hedges gave FC Dallas the 2-1 victory at Vancouver needed to put them back atop the Western Conference. The result was a punch to the gut of the Whitecaps’ playoff hopes, as they drifted four points shy of sixth place. RECAP

Sunday’s early contest saw Philadelphia book a 2-0 home victory that knocked Sporting KC off the Western summit despite resting most of their starters ahead of Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup Final. While observers of all stripes might have raised an eyebrow at Jay Simpson playing the two-goal hero, Union boss Jim Curtin says he wasn’t surprised by the seldom-used forward’s important contribution. READ MORE | RECAP

Galaxy snap win drought at Seattle’s expense

The LA Galaxy scored a sorely-needed 3-0 home victory over Seattle on Sunday to pull to within three points of the Western Conference playoff line. A shape-shift and tactical alterations did the trick, helping LA to log their first win since July. READ MORE | RECAP

Shield contenders Atlanta, RBNY post matching wins

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Supporters’ Shield leaders Atlanta United made it three wins in a row with a 2-0 success over Saturday visitors Real Salt Lake. While the glare is often on the team’s stars, this time it was the supremely versatile Julian Gressel who earned top billing with a goal and an assist. READ MORE | RECAP

The New York Red Bulls stayed within four points of Atlanta by blanking guests Toronto FC 2-0 on Saturday. The victory came at a high cost, however, as “gutted” strike star Bradley Wright-Phillips was hit with a yellow card ban that will keep him out heading into next week’s Red Bull Arena showdown with the Five Stripes. READ MORE | RECAP

Zimmerman double downs San Jose at LAFC

Walker Zimmerman buried a pair of corner kicks to earn LAFC a 2-0 home victory against San Jose. In his weekend review, Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle noted that, despite losing twice, the Earthquakes have played some of their best soccer this week. READ MORE | SJ COACHING SEARCH | RECAP

Impact, NYCFC share points with seeding at stake

In a result that provided limited help to either side, Montreal and visiting New York City FC battled to a 1-1 draw on Saturday. Micheal Azira’s deflected drive midway through the opening frame cancelled out an early Rudy Camacho own goal. RECAP

That allowed Columbus to pull within three points of NYCFC with a 2-1 decision over 10-man guests Colorado. Federico Higuain bagged the decider near the hour to give Crew SC five straight home wins for the first time since 2014. RECAP

Draws for line chasers: Revs-Fire, Lions-Dynamo

New England missed a big chance to make up valuable ground in the East despite rallying twice for a 2-2 home share with Chicago. The Revs remained five points shy of the playoff line with a game in hand. RECAP

Also Saturday, Orlando City battled to a dreary 0-0 draw with visiting Houston. The result left the Lions winless in 10. RECAP

Zidane in talks with Inter Miami CF?

Could it be? Over the weekend, English tabloid The Mirror spectacularly claimed that former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has held introductory discussions with former Galacticos teammate David Beckham over the Inter Miami coaching post. READ MORE

MLSsoccer.com Must-Watch

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MatchDay Central: Breaking down Saturday’s action

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