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US and Canadian national teams play Tuesday night, Awards ballot announced, Victor Vazquez out for year

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Kick Off: US, CAN set for action | Award nominees named | Vazquez shelved

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

USMNT aims to rebound vs. Peru

The US national team will welcome Peru to East Hartford, Connecticut for a friendly on Tuesday night (7:30 pm ET | ESPN2, UniMás, UDN). With the home side trying to recover from last Thursday’s collapse loss to Colombia, interim boss Dave Sarachan has promised to shuffle the lineup against the World Cup 2018 participants. READ MORE | PREVIEW

Canada to tackle Dominica

Canada will try to continue their perfect start to qualifying for both the Concacaf Nations League and next summer’s Gold Cup when Dominica visits BMO Field on Tuesday night (7 pm ET | TSN2). Ahead of his first home game at the helm, Canadian manager John Herdman says he’s knows trust must be earned from the nation’s soccer fans. READ MORE | PREVIEW

One player who is likely to feature in that match is Puebla forward Lucas Cavallini. The 25-year-old said on Saturday that he hopes to play for hometown club Toronto FC “one day.” READ MORE

Week 33 honor roll


Following an abbreviated league schedule, D.C. United and New England dominated our MLS Team of the Week presented by Audi by each placing three players in the XI. The forward spots went to Carlos Vela and Cristian Penilla, who both netted their fifth nods of the season. READ MORE

Awards ballot released

While we’re on the topic of individual acknowledgement, the nomination lists for all the postseason MLS awards were released on Monday. READ MORE

Vazquez shut down for season

Toronto FC playmaker Victor Vazquez is done for the season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. The 31-year-old notched eight goals and nine assists in 21 league games this season. READ MORE

In other, much happier Reds news, hometown bot-turned-Canada ace Lucas Cavallini has hinted at a future stint with the club “one day.” What’s more, the Puebla top gun insisted that Toronto FC were the only MLS club he would ever join. READ MORE

Anichebe training with Rapids

Last week, Colorado head coach Anthony Hudson revealed that the club had identified a dozen potential striker targets for the offseason. It seems we’ve found out one of them, as Pro Soccer USA’s Marco Cummings reports that the boss has been getting a close-up look at free agent Victor Anichebe, who played 204 EPL matches for Everton, West Brom and Sunderland. READ MORE

Zlatan surprises rescued Thai soccer team

The Thai soccer team who were rescued after being trapped in a cave for a couple weeks this past summer were invited to Los Angeles to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, a excursion that would thrill most anyone. But she wasn’t done there, surprising the boys by introducing them to their soccer hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who brought them VIP game tickets and plenty of Galaxy gear. WATCH VIDEO Must-Watch


Meet Efraín Álvarez, LA Galaxy II’s walking highlight reel


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