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

Almiron listed as “week-to-week”


Atlanta star Miguel Almiron is week-to-week with the playoffs looming. | USA Today Images

Atlanta United are taking a wait-and-see approach with midfield ace Miguel Almiron’s hamstring injury, which they will re-evaluate week by week. While the Paraguay international is in recovery ward, Bobby Warshaw writes about all the options the Five Stripes have for spelling their injured star. READ MORE

Week 32 honor roll

D.C. United skipper Wayne Rooney was the lone player to keep his place in our MLS Team of the Week after his two-goal outing vs. Chicago over the weekend. Montreal and Philadelphia were the only clubs to place two players in the XI. READ MORE

MLS balance of Power

In this week’s Power Rankings, Montreal and Portland have replaced Columbus and Real Salt Lake, the teams they handily defeated this past weekend, in the top 10. READ MORE

Olsen tips Pareja for USMNT job

Ahead of Saturday’s important league tilt with FC Dallas, D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen has declared that counterpart Oscar Pareja is deserving of an interview for the US national team’s manager vacancy. READ MORE

Speaking of FCD, Sam Stejskal notes that they’re more prepared for a playoff run thanks to the added flexibility of this year’s side. READ MORE

Cannon, Sweat get feet wet with US

Back to the topic of the US national team, prospective debutants Reggie Cannon and Ben Sweat have been settling in for their first taste of international soccer. READ MORE

Looking further ahead, the USMNT learned the venues for their 2019 Gold Cup group stage matches on Tuesday, as well as their path to the final in Chicago on July 7. READ MORE

Report: Fire sizing up Parma defender

According to Italy’s Tutto Mercato Web, the Chicago Fire are showing an interest in veteran Parma right back Simone Iacoponi. The 31-year-old is in the final year of his deal with the Serie A club. READ MORE

Latest expansion news

With a fresh ownership group and stadium plan, St. Louis has unveiled a snazzy new website detailing their renewed push for an MLS franchise. READ MORE

In other expansion news, FC Cincinnati has revealed initial design renderings for a new soccer-specific stadium. READ MORE Must-Watch


Andrew, Bobby & Matt react to San Jose’s hiring of Matias Almeyda


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