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Kick Off: HOU doubles up SKC | USMNT fallout | Kaká calls time in Orlando

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

Warming Dynamo edge SKC

Houston pulled clear of the Western Conference playoff line thanks to a 2-1 victory over midweek guests Sporting KC. Down past the hour mark, the home side rallied on a Tomas Martinez strike and a 77th minute own goal by Erik Palmer-Brown. RECAP | HIGHLIGHTS

The WCQ failure aftermath

With the US national team's shocking failure to qualify for World Cup still fresh, there were hot takes all across our soccer world on Wednesday. Among his observations, Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle noted that the high cost of coaching licensing in America may be a more important factor to tackle than the oft-criticized development structure. READ MORE

Over at Sports Illustrated, Brian Straus broke down all the problems that led to the US missing out on Russia 2018. READ MORE

For former USMNT star Landon Donovan, the most painful part about Tuesday's damning defeat in Trinidad & Tobago was the stunning lack of urgency shown by the players with their World Cup hopes on the line. READ MORE

Kaká saying goodbye to Orlando City

Orlando City skipper Kaká has announced he will not return next season. FourFourTwo's Paul Tenorio reports that the veteran superstar turned down a one-year contract extension. READ MORE

In the aftermath of the announcement, Kaká and Lions boss Jason Kreis took a look back at what his time in Orlando meant to the club. READ MORE

Giovinco available for weekend derby

Provided there is no setback before the weekend, Supporters' Shield winners Toronto FC will see star man Sebastian Giovinco make his return to the selection for Sunday's visit from arch-rivals Montreal (5 pm ET | TSN1/4, TVAS in Canada, MLS LIVE in the USA). READ MORE

Adi expected to return this season

Though he didn't divulge the timeline, Portland boss Caleb Porter has hinted at a forthcoming return for strike ace Fanendo Adi, who has spent longer recovering from a hamstring injury then was originally anticipated. READ MORE

Report: Stoke eyeing Martinez

In the wake of Tottenham interest being shot down, a report out of Italy claims that Stoke City have been checking out Atlanta hotshot Josef Martinez. READ MORE

Training overtime springs Trapp

Columbus Crew SC midfielder Wil Trapp endured a rough start to the season, but credits some extra time spent training for his return to top form. READ MORE

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