Here are the top soccer stories everyone’s talking about this morning:


The Jake Effect


Suddenly thrust into a starting role, Portland Timbers netminder Jake Gleeson scooped up Player of the Week honors after his magnificent outing vs. Toronto FC.


Power Struggle


Real Salt Lake have reclaimed the top spot in our latest MLS Power Rankings.


Freedom Of Choice


With Jordan Morris one game away from an MLS rookie scoring record streak, Editor-in-Chief Simon Borg and Andrew Wiebe debate who is the more exciting USMNT prospect: the Seattle Sounders star, or Borussia Dortmund phenom Christian Pulisic.


Carr Pool


Our Calen Carr offers up his MLS underrated best XI.


Back In The Fold


Back in training after a groin injury cost him two games, Orlando City star Kaká looks set for a return to action when the Lions host the resurgent Red Bulls on Friday night (7 pm ET; UniMás, MLS LIVE).


Reds Off the Road


With their season-opening road trip done, Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney is happy with where the team stands on their return home to a gorgeously remodeled BMO Field on Saturday (7:30 pm ET; TSN4 in Canada, MLS LIVE).


Inside Insights on FCD


Among the nuggets from a long interview with a local daily, FC Dallas boss Oscar Pareja says his team haven't played their best yet.


Rounding Into Shape


The injury-hit San Jose Earthquakes are on the verge of getting some players back to fitness.


Sly As Foxes


Vancouver head coach Carl Robinson is asking his struggling side to take inspiration from newly-crowned Premier League champs Leicester City.


Problems & Solutions


While Columbus Crew SC try to figure out how to turn shots into goals in attack, boss Gregg Berhalter may be close to adding protection at the back with the loan acquisition of Panama Under-20 defensive midfielder Christian Martinez.


Marcin Band


Maccabi Tel Aviv have reportedly made an offer for Poland center back Marcin Kaminski, who will run out of contract with Lech Poznan this summer, and an Israeli paper claims they may have competition from the Chicago Fire and the New York Red Bulls.


Field Of Dreams


Real Salt Lake's Rio Tinto Stadium is finally getting a field renovation, with a five-game road trip allowing new bluegrass to take root.


Atlanta, Analyzed


With Atlanta's expansion franchise revving up to unveil their jersey, Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle joined local blog Dirty South Soccer for a podcast interview to discuss all things United.


USMNT Switch


FC Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta says he's still adjusting to his new role as a US national team fullback.


Going Global


The Game of Thrones-themed tifo used by Sporting KC's Cauldron this past weekend is drawing attention from around the world.


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