Kick Off: ATL snags Nagbe in record deal - is Barco next? | Rumor mill hot

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

Atlanta snares Nagbe in record-breaking trade

Atlanta United opened their first offseason by swinging a trade for erstwhile Portland Timbers midfield ace Darlington Nagbe. In a blockbuster deal, the Five Stripes landed the US international and defender Gbenga Arokoyo in exchange for an allocation money stack that could climb as high as $1.65 million. READ MORE

Benjamin Baer writes that Atlanta has sent a stern message to the rest of the league by landing Nagbe. READ MORE

Barco now headed to Atlanta?

Look out, because it looks like the Five Stripes aren't done making big moves. Fresh from scoring the winner in Independiente's Copa Sudamericana final triumph, teen playmaking star and rumored Atlanta target Ezeqiuel Barco told reporters that the goal was his kiss goodbye [in Spanish—ed. to the Argentine club. READ MORE

Dynamo seal Alberth Elis transfer

Houston have succeeded in bringing back loan ace Alberth Elis by completing the full transfer capture of the Honduras winger from Monterrey on Wednesday. READ MORE

LAFC talk squad architecture

With the Expansion Draft in the rear view mirror, Los Angeles FC head coach Bob Bradley and GM John Thorrington have offered some insight into how they approached their picks and the resulting trade that brought Laurent Ciman into the fold. READ MORE

On Wednesday, Walker Zimmerman sat down with ESPN Radio Los Angeles to discuss his excitement at joining the expansion side. READ MORE

Colvey, Diop move in Waiver Draft

Wednesday's Waiver Draft saw two players switch teams, with New Zealand left back Kip Colvey joining Colorado and Montreal plucking netminder Clement Diop. READ MORE

With Diop now in Montreal's goalkeeping stable, young Canada international Maxime Crepeau has turned in a trade request [in French—ed.] to management. READ MORE

Rumor mill: Mancosu, Urruti, Maidana

Speaking of the Impact, Parma Live reports that striker Matteo Mancosu is drawing Serie B interest [in Italian—ed.] from Ascoli and Parma. READ MORE

On the heels of being mentioned as a possible target for Europa League knockout round entrants Red Star Belgrade, FC Dallas top scorer Maxi Urruti is being linked with interest from Colombian side Deportivo Cali. READ MORE

Down in Argentina, soccer scribe Maca Alvarez Kelly says that Orlando City could soon make a bid [in Spanish—ed.] for veteran River Plate defender Jonatan Maidana. READ MORE

New Soccer Hall of Fame to open October 2018

The US Soccer Hall of Fame announced Wednesday that the first inductions in its new Dallas home will take place in late October. The celebratory weekend will also include a concert and the inaugural Hall of Fame Game. READ MORE

Exports: Gonzalez makes Liga MX Best XI

Hotshot US Under-20 midfielder Jonathan Gonzalez has been named to the Liga MX Torneo Apertura 2017 Bext XI following a highly successful rookie campaign with Monterrey. The 18-year-old started 19 league and Liguilla matches in helping Los Rayados to an Apertura runner-up finish. READ MORE

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