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Kick Off: McKennie stars as US hold Portugal | Expansion Draft date set

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

USMNT reboot begins with Portugal draw

A renovated US national team fueled by youth posted a respectable 1-1 share against friendly hosts Portugal in the side's first match since their World Cup qualifying stalled in Trinidad & Tobago last month. RECAP

Goal scorer Weston McKennie's fine all-around effort earned him top marks in our USMNT player ratings, while fellow youngsters Tyler Adams and Matt Miazga also shined. READ MORE

Among his thoughts from the game, Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle applauded the central defense pairing of Miazga and John Anthony Brooks. READ MORE

Mid-December date for Expansion Draft

Major League Soccer has set its offseason calendar, with newcomers LAFC set to make their Expansion Draft picks on December 12. READ MORE

Friedel plots defensive repairs

Freshly hired New England head coach Brad Friedel says his first order of business will entail straightening out the club's defensive problems. The Revs, who fell five points short of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, had the worst defensive record in the East. READ MORE

Report: Oyongo joining Montpellier

Various reports on either side of Atlantic say out-of-contract Montreal left back Ambroise Oyongo is set to complete a move to Ligue 1 side Montpellier. The 26-year-old, who became the first active MLS player to win the African Cup of Nations earlier this year, worked 72 total contests in three campaigns with the Impact. READ MORE

Martino explains USSF candidacy

Philadelphia daily The Inquirer continued their series of interviews with US Soccer presidential election candidates by chatting up erstwhile NBC analyst Kyle Martino. READ MORE

US Soccer floating 2018 invitational

The USSF has revealed that it is exploring the possibility of hosting a tournament for other teams that failed to qualify for next summer's World Cup, with the likes of Chile, Ghana, Italy and the Netherlands available to join up. READ MORE

Sporting KC share US Open Cup medal haul

Directly from the "How cool is that?" file: Word has come from one lucky Reddit user that Sporting KC have delivered US Open Cup winners' medals to 100 of their supporters. READ MORE

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After The Whistle: Reviewing the USMNT's friendly draw in Portugal


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