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Kick Off: Gold Cup quarterfinal field is set | Latest MLS transfer talk

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

MLS is back this week

With the MLS regular season set to resume on Wednesday, Real Salt Lake and Columbus Crew SC will give fans a final appetizer ahead of the midweek action. RSL will be hosting English giants Manchester United (10 pm ET on ESPN2), while Columbus Crew SC host Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt (7:30 pm ET). READ MORE

Both clubs hope to figure in the MLS playoff race in the second half and to that end, Nick Sabetti has offered up a list of 10 players, including a Crew SC starter, who need to step up down the stretch if their teams are to enjoy success. READ MORE

USMNT rules Group B

The US national team pulled a rabbit out of the hat late in their weekend 3-0 win over CONCACAF Gold Cup group foes Nicaragua in Cleveland. NY Red Bulls academy product Matt Miazga buried a restart header with two minutes to play to provide the margin needed to earn the team the top spot in Group B. RECAP | MORE USMNT NEWS

Miazga, Philadelphia’s Alejandro Bedoya and New England’s Kelyn Rowe led the way with the highest marks in our US player ratings after Saturday’s win. READ MORE

Final eight are set, roster changes made

The Gold Cup group stage was completed on Sunday and the quarterfinal match-ups were finalized. The USMNT will tackle El Salvador for a place in the semis, while Canada must defeat Jamaica if they are to reach the final four for the first time since 2007. READ MORE

United States boss Bruce Arena took full advantage of the maximum six allowable roster substitutions, bringing the veteran likes of Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard into the squad ahead of the quarterfinals. READ MORE

Orlando’s Larin bolsters Canada

As expected, Orlando City strike star Cyle Larin was called in as a knockouts replacement by Canada manager Octavio Zambrano. To clear the roster space, Raheem Edwards was returned to Toronto FC. READ MORE | MORE…

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