Kick Off: Your 2017 MLS MVP | Lichaj in MLS sights? | Gulati steps aside

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

San Valeri nets 2017 MLS MVP

Portland talisman/man-about-town Diego Valeri picked up the 2017 Landon Donovan MLS MVP Award for his substantial efforts this season. Easily outdistancing ample competition in the voting, the playmaker became the eighth player in league history to have scored both the regular season and MLS Cup MVP prizes. READ MORE

MLS Cup = GOAT derby?

The chatter over whether Toronto FC will end 2017 with the credentials to be rated as the best MLS team of all-time has been ongoing. However, Charles Boehm brings up a really great question: If Seattle books a title repeat, shouldn't they also be in the discussion? READ MORE

FC Dallas browsing suggestions

As they continue to examine the ways FC Dallas can respond to a rough season, local blog Big D Soccer offers up a list of five available value players the team should consider. READ MORE

Crew SC working on Artur return

Though Sao Paulo have made it clear they want Artur back in the fold after a strong loan stint in Columbus, Brazilian outlet Lance claims Gregg Berhalter & Co. aren't giving him up without a fight. They report that the MLS club are hammering away on a transfer deal [in Portuguese—ed.] for the 21-year-old midfielder. READ MORE

Report: MLS suitors chasing Lichaj

As Nottingham Forest work to sign Eric Lichaj to a contract extension, the local Post says the US defender is also receiving interest from MLS teams. READ MORE

Garde browsing old club?

New Montreal boss Remi Garde is reportedly considering a move [in French—ed.] for a former Lyon charge, France winger Clement Grenier. READ MORE

Gulati ready to pass USSF torch; Carter declares

The race for US Soccer president remains crowded, but incumbent Sunil Gulati won't be in the running. After three terms in the job, he told ESPN it's time to stand aside for February's election. READ MORE

Longtime Soccer United Marketing President Kathy Carter has declared her candidancy, announcing early Tuesday that she would be expanding the field to eight. READ MORE Must-Watch

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