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Kick Off: Rossi climbs aboard at LAFC | Kljestan race expands

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

Rossi the second DP catch at LAFC

Expansion side Los Angeles FC have wasted no time stacking up the quick makings of their inaugural squad this week, and on Thursday they announced the DP signing of teen standout Diego Rossi of Penarol. With time spent everywhere in attack, the young ace notched 11 goals and as many assists across all competitions for the Uruguayan champs this year. READ MORE

Though he notes the midfield cupboard is bare thus far, Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle explains how the shapes LAFC may take are being telegraphed by the haul from their fast moves. READ MORE

It seems LAFC fans might not need to wait long before that midfield starts getting attention in the way of the club's third DP signing. The new kids on the MLS block are reportedly closing on young Sporting CP central midfielder Chico Geraldes, currently featuring on loan at Rio Ave. READ MORE

Though Laurent Ciman has now made it clear that he's on board at LAFC, the Belgium defender admits to suffering a shock upon news of the trade that sent him over from Montreal. READ MORE

Kljestan drawing an MLS crowd

It's true that LAFC are off to a flyer in building their inaugural roster, but MLS clubs don't intend to make it easy for them. Metro reporter Kristian Dyer reports that MLS suitors have come out of the woodwork to battle for the two-time defending assist king. READ MORE

Seba grateful for "lucky loonie"

Unbeknownst to most all, Toronto FC star Sebastian Giovinco had a lucky charm close by when he sent Jozy Altidore in for last week's MLS Cup-winning goal. It turns out the Atomic Ant took up a Canadian chestnut by burying a "lucky loonie" in the BMO Field turf, and he says it produced a little magic. READ MORE

NYCFC swaps Shelton for Abdul-Salaam

Noteworthy league trades continued on Thursday, as New York City FC spent winger Khiry Shelton to gain Sporting KC right back Saad Abdul-Salaam. Both players will be looking to bounce back after enduring trying times this past season. READ MORE

Re-Entry phase, initiate

The first phase of the MLS Re-Entry Draft goes down on Friday, and we've got the list of all 55 players ripe for the plucking. READ MORE

Iker Casillas linked with Fire

The ol' Iker Casillas-to-MLS rumors have popped up again, with the Chiccago Fire supposedly checking out the former Spain goalkeeping star. The 36-year-old is set to run out of contract at Porto next summer. READ MORE

Pulisic nets US Player of the Year

Borussia Dortmund attack engine Christian Pulisic became the youngest player ever to claim the US Soccer Male Player of the Year award, winning by a landslide margin. READ MORE

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