Kick Off: Vanney, Bradley shine as Reds lift MLS Cup, score historic treble

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

TFC claim MLS Cup at home, 1st MLS team to win treble

There would be no second mistake for MLS Cup rematch hosts Toronto FC against Seattle, with the Reds wresting away the trophy with a 2-0 victory on Saturday night at BMO Field. Jozy Altidore put them ahead to stay past the hour mark, and picked up the MLS Cup MVP award for his efforts in helping TFC complete a historic domestic treble with their first league crown. RECAP | HIGHLIGHTS

Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle's prime takeaway was the expertise in positioning chess pieces demonstrated by Toronto FC boss greg Vanney. READ MORE

Vanney also earned high marks in our MLS Cup player ratings, with Reds skipper Michael Bradley and his midfield sidekicks at the top of the class among field participants. READ MORE

On the scene in Toronto, Arielle Castillo takes a look at how this MLS Cup triumph further tightens the two-way embrace between the city and midfield general Michael Bradley. READ MORE

With an MLS Cup now in hand, Charles Boehm writes that Toronto FC have ticked all the boxes needed to also clinch MLS's "Greatest team of all-time" title. READ MORE

Report: Dynamo nearing Elis capture

It looks as though Houston Dynamo management has yet to go on on offseason vacation. The Western Conference semifinalists are reportedly close to securing 2017 loan ace Alberth Elis on a permanent transfer from Liga MX side Monterrey. READ MORE

Trade market sees quick action

The trade window opened on Sunday, and MLS clubs responded quickly with eight trades made near the start of business. Vancouver potentially solved their main personnel issue by landing striker Kei Kamara from New England. READ MORE

Another big trade saw LAFC deal a package that includes the top spot in the MLS Allocation Ranking for FC Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman. The local Dallas Morning News takes a guess at five players FC Dallas could have in mind as an Allocation signing. READ MORE

LAFC's Expansion Draft menu

The MLS Expansion Draft will go down on Tuesday, with newcomers Los Angeles FC snaring up to five players for coach Bob Bradley. On Sunday, each of the existing 22 teams unveiled their protected lists and offered up potential picks for the league's new team in the process. READ MORE

Free agent season opens Tuesday

The league also released the free agent list to set up Tuesday's opening of the signing window. Two of Toronto FC's MLS Cup starters are among the 37 players. READ MORE

Talking TAM: What does the increase mean for 2018?

While we're on the topic of offseason player acquisition avenues, what does the increase in Targeted Allocation Money mean for your club in 2018? Benjamin Baer explains the possibilities now open for technical staffs around the league. READ MORE

United North American bid bullish on World Cup 2026

The combined bid organizers from the United States, Canada and Mexico are making the case that they would throw the greatest, most profitable World Cup of all time if awarded hosting dues in 2026. READ MORE Must-Watch

Dax McCarty & Ike Opara break down TFC's historic victory