Kick Off: Sounders seal MLS Cup rematch vs. TFC | 2017 MLS Best XI revealed

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

Sounders lock in MLS Cup rematch

Seattle's title defense steamed forward on Thursday night, with the jubilant home side setting up just the third MLS Cup rematch in league history thanks to a 3-0 second leg victory over Houston. Will Bruin and Victor Rodriguez each supplied a goal and an assist as the Sounders completed a 5-nil aggregate triumph. RECAP | HIGHLIGHTS

While the Sounders were over the moon with their decisive Conference Championships victory, they quickly cast an eye toward a league final that will see them head once more unto the BMO Field breach. READ MORE

Though frustrated by their unceremonious playoff exit, the Dynamo know that disappointment will eventually turn to pride at how far they've come this year. Houston was tied for last in the league, far below the playoff line. READ MORE

MLS Best XI unveiled

The league's best performers of the season were honored on Thursday with the release of the 2017 MLS Best XI. Four league newcomers were among the eight players to garner their first nods on the postseason awards collection, while MLS MVP candidates Sebastian Giovinco and Diego Valeri were each named for the third time. READ MORE

Rapids excited by Hudson's method

The Colorado Rapids are looking forward to the tenure of new head coach Anthony Hudson because of his working method, which entails a highly analytical approach of finding what works and what doesn't. READ MORE

Panama's Godoy inks fresh Quakes deal

San Jose made a move to solidify their midfield on Thursday, signing a multi-year contract with Panama international Anibal Godoy. The 27-year-old has worked 61 total contests since joining the Earthquakes in August 2015. READ MORE

Whitecaps add Venezuela striker Blondell

Sometimes the transfer rumor mill moves fast. A day after being linked with Venezuela forward Anthony Blondell, Vancouver completed a deal to land the 23-year-old from Monagas. READ MORE

Report: Red Bulls bid on Romania talent

A pair of Romanian outlets are reporting that the New York Red Bulls have tabled a transfer offer for young Astra Giurgiu playmaker Alex Ionita. The 22-year-old, who has notched 9 goals and 4 assists on the current campaign, earned his first Romania cap in September. READ MORE

Who is LAFC's first field foe?

Impending league newcomers LAFC have made their first 2018 preseason date … to take on current expansion hopefuls Sacramento Republic in February. READ MORE Must-Watch

Sounders FC past & present | The Movement presented by AT&T