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Kick Off: D.C. moves above playoff line | Week 33 recap | US, CanMNT prep

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

Late D.C. magic lifts them above playoff line

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On Saturday evening, D.C. United grabbed hold of the last playoff spot in the East by edging guests FC Dallas, 1-0, when Russell Canouse scored during an 86th-minute goalmouth scramble. Black-and-Red skipper Wayne Rooney hailed his teammates for thriving on the pressure brought on by their thrilling postseason chase. READ MORE | RECAP

LAFC creep closer to West summit

Carlos Vela led the way with two goals and two assists as LAFC opened the weekend slate with a 4-2 victory over visiting Houston on Friday night. Combined with FC Dallas’ slip, the result allowed Bob Bradley’s bunch to climb within a point of the Western Conference lead. RECAP

Revs, Rapids post matching wins

New England scored their first home win in nearly 3 1/2 months on Saturday with a 2-0 decision over Orlando City. Cristian Penilla netted the 51st-minute winner, and then set up a Diego Fagundez strike four minutes later. RECAP

Elsewhere, Colorado halted a seven-game losing streak with a 2-0 away win over Minnesota United FC on Saturday. Yannick Boli scored his first goal since May to snap a scoreless deadlock just past the hour and Niki Jackson added late insurance. RECAP

Cleveland Browns owners emerge as potential buyers of Crew SC

On Friday, MLS provided an update regarding Columbus Crew SC and the potential club in Austin, Texas. READ MORE

Pauno hopes to be back in 2019

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Fire coach Veljko Paunovic is negotiating with the club on a potential 2019 return. | USA TODAY Sports Images

Though his contract expires at year’s end, Chicago head coach Veljko Paunovic is angling for a return to Toyota Park. “Everyone has to think about his future and see if we still fit to work with each other,” he stated. READ MORE

Nicked Steffen leaves USMNT camp

Columbus netminder Zack Steffen has departed US national team camp due to tightness in his right hamstring. The change leaves Brad Guzan and Ethan Horvath to fight it out for the start in Tuesday’s friendly against Peru. READ MORE

Hutchinson sees end to Canada tenure

In an interview with Sportsnet, veteran Canada ace Atiba Hutchinson suggested that he’ll retire from the international game following the 2019 Gold Cup. The Besiktas man will make his national team return after a year away in Tuesday’s Concacaf Nations League duel with Dominica. READ MORE

Frings up for Whitecaps job … or is he?

On Friday, German tabloid Bild reported that former Toronto FC midfielder Torsten Frings is a top candidate for Vancouver’s vacant head coaching post. However, Bremen daily Weser Kurier quickly shot down that rumor [in German—ed.] the following day. READ MORE

MLSsoccer.com Must-Watch

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Watch every goal from Week 33

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