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Kick Off: Rusnak details | Guzan, Bradley return to USMNT | Honor roll

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

Bradley, Guzan return to USMNT in latest call

Caretaker US national team manager Dave Sarachan has called 9 MLS players (24 total) into next week’s camp leading to friendlies against Colombia and Peru, with Michael Bradley and Brad Guzan making notable returns. The announcement compelled a round of reaction takes from Andrew Wiebe, Calen Carr, Matt Doyle and Bobby Warshaw. WATCH ANALYSIS | FULL ROSTER

Week 31 Team of the Week

Sounders playmaker Nico Lodeiro led all players with 1,523 points in the Week 31 Audi Player Index |

Weekend victors D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls were the only sides to put two players on our MLS Team of the Week. One of those Black-and-Red honorees, Lucho Acosta, earned his fifth nod in the last eight rounds. READ MORE

Why RBNY-ATL had Bobby ready to lace ’em up

A highly competitive – if ultimately one-sided – match between Shield contenders RBNY and Atlanta had Bobby Warshaw wondering how soon he could get back out there, and also how long there is to wait for what feels like an inevitable postseason rematch. READ MORE

Local blog Red Bulls News Network went to thorough lengths to outline how they shut down the Supporters Shield leaders. READ MORE

And since it was impossible to miss Atlanta boss Tata Martino’s handshake snub of RBNY counterpart Chris Armas, we took a look back at three similar post-game mini-rows between MLS coaches from previous years. READ MORE

Stejskal: Inside the details of Rusnak’s new deal

RSL playmaker Albert Rusnak is reportedly on the verge of a significant new deal. | USA TODAY Sports Images

Sam Stejskal has the details on a reported new contract set for Albert Rusnak. The fresh pact is essentially a two-year extension for the Rio Tinto playmaker. READ MORE

Even though the LA Galaxy have crept closer to the playoff zone with a consecutive victories, Real Salt Lake insist they aren’t feeling any heat from Zlatan and LA. The sixth-place Claret and Cobalt now stand just two points ahead of the Galaxy with three games to go for each. READ MORE

Report: Potential ownership change for expansion hopeful Tampa

USL side and MLS expansion hopefuls the Tampa Bay Rowdies are reportedly being purchased by Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays, according to multiple media reports and a statement from the mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida, where the team play. We should know more following a Tuesday morning press conference. READ MORE

Donovan’s San Diego goal

Major League Soccer icon Landon Donovan has been keeping busy by trying to bring a franchise to San Diego. The city has a ballot initiative coming up in November with a new stadium and entertainment center on the line, and Donovan spoke to TMZ trying to get out the vote. READ MORE Must-Watch


Instant Replay Andrew & Bobby review the weekend’s close calls


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