Kick Off: Deuce amped for Cup | Expansion bids present | SKC after Boselli?

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

Deuce eager for another MLS Cup shot

After missing last season's MLS Cup run with a heart issue, Seattle star Clint Dempsey is excited to have his say as they attempt a championship repeat in Toronto. READ MORE

Bobby Warshaw writes that Dempsey is but one of three USMNT stars on an MLS Cup collision course; each will be fighting to shape his legacy on Saturday. READ MORE

Seattle's tale of two seasons

Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle gives his rundown on Seattle heading into the title match, including a look at how they've turned on the mid-season turbo jets for the second straight year. READ MORE

Business as usual for cool TFC

One might assume that Toronto FC are under great pressure not to blow another home field MLS Cup chance against the Sounders, but the Reds are feeling calm and collected in the run-up to Saturday's big game. READ MORE

Expansion finalists present to MLS Committee

Each of the four MLS expansion candidates made their final sales pitches, and we've got the details from Cincinnati, Detroit, Nashville and Sacramento for you. READ MORE

Columbus seals Artur return

It took a bit of doing, but Columbus finally got their man on Wednesday. Crew SC boss Gregg Berhalter was pleased to announce the transfer capture of loan standout Artur from Sao Paulo. READ MORE

Vancouver also locked down a young midfielder on Wednesday, inking a fresh three-year deal with Canada international Russell Teibert. READ MORE

Report: SKC chasing Leon's Boselli

According to Mexico's El Universal, Sporting KC have plopped down a handsome offer for veteran Leon goal hound Mauro Boselli. The 32-year-old Argentine forward has bagged 105 goals in 176 appearances since joining from Palermo five years ago, including 14 in the recent Apertura campaign. READ MORE

Exports: Klinsmann set for debut

Hertha Berlin will turn to Jonathan Klinsmann on Thursday, handing the US Under-20 netminder his first pro start in a Europa League group stage closer against Ostersunds FK that carries no advancement implications. READ MORE

Fifty mini-fields coming to Chicago

The Chicago Fire are teaming up with the US Soccer Foundation to install 50 mini-fields in underserved neighborhoods across Chicago over the next five years. READ MORE Must-Watch

Gressel and Melia join MLS Cup Central to talk title rematch

NEXT UP: 2017 MLS MVP Diego Valeri joins Melia, Gressel on Thursday at 7pm ET.