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Kick Off: US Open Cup final caps three-game slate | Boca eying Garza?

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

Red Bulls, SKC vie for Cup glory

Another championship day has arrived, with Sporting Kansas City set to host the New York Red Bulls in Wednesday's US Open Cup final (9 pm ET | ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN). The visitors, who are chasing the first cup crown in club history, have done well at Children's Mercy Park in recent years, going 2-1-3 there since 2012. PREVIEW

Sporting KC's veterans come into the game with a poised confidence gained from previous Open Cup final victories. READ MORE

Meanwhile, Red Bulls boss Jesse Marsch is weighing whether or not to bring wing ace Daniel Royer back into the selection after an injury layoff. READ MORE

Can TFC continue 401 Derby domination?

Toronto FC will shoot for their seventh straight victory when arch rivals Montreal invade for a midweek grudge match (7:30 pm ET | TSN1/4/5, TVAS; MLS LIVE in US). The Impact, who arrive on a four-game losing streak, have only won once in 14 tries at BMO Field. PREVIEW

The Reds remain without Jozy Altidore, while Sebastian Giovinco is tentatively questionable for Wednesday's match. The Atomic Ant could be fit for a return, but with the team rolling toward the Supporters Shield title, TFC boss Greg Vanney is in no hurry to rush the star forward. READ MORE

Hobbled Galaxy visit on-fire Atlanta

Atlanta United can move closer to clinching a playoff berth when they welcome the LA Galaxy to town for a midweek tilt (7 pm ET | ESPN2). After scoring 13 goals in the first three games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Five Stripes will be trying to continue their home cooking. PREVIEW

In a staggering non-surprise, back-to-back hat tricks lifted Atlanta forward Josef Martinez above all competitors for Alcatel Player of the Week honors. It was a record-setting show on multiple fronts, as Atlanta took four points on the week. READ MORE

Just when you thought the LA Galaxy season couldn't get any worse, they have lost another starter to injury: defender Daniel Steres has been ruled out for 6-8 weeks with a stress fracture in his back. READ MORE

Power Rankings: Playoff pushes drive the rise

San Jose made the biggest jump in this week's MLSsoccer.com Power Rankings, while Atlanta United made their first move into the No. 2 slot. READ MORE

Report: Boca Juniors eyeing Garza

A report out of South America has Argentine giants Boca Juniors showing interest in Atlanta United left back Gregory Garza. READ MORE

Why did EPB go to Man City for free?

With Sporting KC defender Erik Palmer-Brown set for a winter move to Manchester City, Sam Stejskal explains why the club didn't cash in on the US Under-20 ace. READ MORE

Exports: McKennie earns first Miners start

Schalke youngster Weston McKennie made his first Bundesliga start in Tuesday night's loss to Bayern Munich, and the official league website posted a post-game interview with the teen midfielder. READ MORE

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