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

Remick's Rocket: Dynamo shock West No. 1 Timbers

Houston are in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs Conference Championships for the first time in five years following their 2-1 comeback victory over injury-decimated second leg hosts Portland on Sunday night. Dylan Remick and Mauro Manotas scored late in each half to erase a one-goal deficit. RECAP

In his weekend review of all three contests, Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle noted the major contributions offered by Dynamo midfielder Eric Alexander. READ MORE

TFC advance amidst Altidore, Kljestan fracas

Despite posting a 1-0 win in the away leg of their Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinal, the New York Red Bulls were eliminated by Supporters' Shield winners Toronto FC on away goals. A Bradley Wright-Phillips deflection gave his side hope by leveling the aggregate score early in the second half, but the visitors were unable to conjure a winner. RECAP

The game on the field was but one of the bouts on the day, with TFC's Jozy Altidore and Red Bulls skipper Sacha Kljestan each ejected after a wild halftime scuffle in the tunnel near the home locker room. As is often the case, both sides were telling a different story in the aftermath. READ MORE

Crew SC survive NYCFC fightback

New York City FC made a game attempt to overturn a large first-leg deficit to visiting Columbus on Sunday, but fell just short in a 2-0 vicotry that left them trailing 4-3 on aggregate. Andraz Struna's deflected strike on 53 minutes put the hosts one goal away from flipping the tie, but they were unable to do so despite near-constant pressure on the Crew SC goal. RECAP

After playing four games in 14 days, Gregg Berhalter's charges are eager to enjoy the breather during the upcoming internationl break before tackling Eastern Conference Championship foe Toronto FC. READ MORE

Kaká says bye to OCSC in friendly win

Orlando City star Kaká captained his last game for the club in Sunday's benefit friendly win over Puerto Rico. The Brazilian superstar notched a first-half assist for the hosts, who broke open a tie game with five second-half strikes. READ MORE

Report: Newcastle jump in for Almiron

Italian outlet CalcioMercato claims that DeAndre Yedlin's Newcastle have joined the crowd of suitors forming around Atlanta United string puller Miguel Almiron. READ MORE

Caligiuri throws hat in the USSF race

The US Soccer presidential race got more crowded this weekend, when "Shot heard 'round the world" author Paul Caligiuri announced he will run in February's election. READ MORE

Matthaus: Bayern should grab Pulisic

After watching young Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic shine on Saturday, Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthaus declared that the club should move to acquire the US international when it comes time to replace either Franck Ribery or Arjen Robben. READ MORE | WATCH VIDEO Must-Watch

Playoff Central reviews Sunday's Conference Semifinal tripleheader