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Kick Off: 2017 MLS Homegrown Game | Howard, Bradley make returns

MLS Homegrowns challenge Chivas U-20s

All-Star week festivities kick into high gear on Tuesday with the 2017 MLS Homegrown Game presented by Energizer (8 pm ET | UDN, facebook.com/univisiondeportes; MLS LIVE in Canada). Led by Brian McBride, the home team will take on Chivas de Guadalajara's Under-20 side, the reigning Liga MX U-20 champions. PREVIEW | ROSTER

After only one training, the MLS Homegrown Team has already impressed their coaches, Chicago soccer icons Brian McBride and Mike Magee. READ MORE

All-Star: What's old is new (again)

For MLS All-Star Michael Bradley, the extended stay in Chicago represents a return to his childhood home - father (and newly minted LAFC boss) Bob spent five years at the helm of the Fire, leading the club to a legendary expansion double in 1998. READ MORE

Even though Real Madrid are in their preseason, MLS All-Star netminder Tim Howard says Real Madrid will arrive ready to compete on Wednesday night. READ MORE

You can still join the festivities in Chicago for the 2017 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target, which features the best of MLS taking the field against Real Madrid as the centerpiece event of week-long festivities in the Windy City. TICKETS | EVENT INFO

Reds lead weekly honor roll

Supporters' Shield leaders Toronto FC were the only club to place three players on our Team of the Week, while Portland's Diego Valeri earned his fifth nod of the season. READ MORE

Bob the builder

New LAFC head coach Bob Bradley isn't just charged with putting together an expansion team, his job is to - to put it in familiar Hollywood terms - build a whole new world at a Banc of California Stadium that is still under instruction. READ MORE

Could Van Damme head home?

Even though LA Galaxy backline marshal Jelle Van Damme told MLSSoccer.com he's considering offers to return home to Belgium, potentially with Royal Antwerp, local blog Corner of the Galaxy says the club aren't willing to let the defender leave before the end of the season. READ MORE

Win some, lose some in Seattle

In the aftermath of Joevin Jones signing a contract to join Darmstadt on a free transfer in January, Seattle GM Garth Lagerway divulged that he tried to strike a new deal with the star left back to no avail. READ MORE

Negotiations look to be going much better with out-of-contract Gijon attacker Victor Rodriguez, who the Sounders expect to have signed on short order. The 28-year-old is a product of Barcelona's famed La Masia academy. READ MORE

Montreal, D.C. rumor mill: Piette, Olsson on the way?

Montreal radio station 98.5 Sports reports that the Impact are among multiple MLS clubs in the chase [in French—ed.] for Canada midfielder Samuel Piette, currently of Spanish third-division side Izarra. And they apparently have company, with competing offers coming from Spain's Segunda Division and Belgium. READ MORE

Meanwhile, D.C. United are being linked with a move for Derby County's Sweden left back Martin Olsson. READ MORE

Taking stock of the US, Canada rosters

Our US/Canada stock report is back, with plaudits going to three guys who played no part at the recent CONCACAF Gold Cup. READ MORE

Loons fans feed Wahl some crow

Prior to the season, Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl predicted that Minnesota United would not manage more than five wins this year. This weekend's victory over D.C. United was the Loons' sixth of the term, compelling the local fans to rub his nose in it using custom scarves - and now he wants one. READ MORE

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