Kick Off: Fire bring back Schweinsteiger | Friedel nixes Nguyen trade talk

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

Fire re-sign Schweinsteiger

The Chicago Fire have brought back a vital cog by inking a fresh contract with superstar midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger. The 33-year-old notched three goals and six assists in 24 outings after arriving from Manchester United last spring. READ MORE

Friedel: We're keeping Nguyen

New England Revs boss Brad Friedel has poured ice cold water on talk of the team dealing away playmaker Lee Nguyen. The veteran midfielder had asked for trade before the head coach was hired. READ MORE

The SuperDraft doppelgänger game

The 2018 MLS SuperDraft is now just a day away, David Gass offers up some comparison shopping that draws similarities between some of this year's top prospects and current or former league players. READ MORE

And if you're looking for a dose of instant nostalgia, we've provided a thorough recap of how all of last year's SuperDraft picks have fared this far. READ MORE

Timbers amped to play Polo

With the loan-plus-buy option capture of Peru winger Andy Polo now complete, Portland are eager to plug the new dimension he brings into an already electric attack. READ MORE

Tenorio: Galaxy still after Kamara

Sources have informed soccer scribe Paul Tenorio that trade talks continue regarding striker Ola Kamara between Columbus and the LA Galaxy. He reports that, if completed, the discussed swap could send Gyasi Zardes to MAPFRE Stadium. READ MORE

Tenorio also mentioned that free agent winger Chris Pontius (most recently of Philadelphia) appears likely to join the rebuilding Galaxy. READ MORE

Cooper looks headed for TFC exit

In the wake of a report linking Amando Cooper with a move to Chilean side Huachipato, Toronto FC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko told the local Sun that they've all but given up on being able to retain the Panama midfielder. READ MORE

Whitecaps move on from Nosa; Jacobson retires

Vancouver provided a roster update to fans on Wednesday. The dispatch discussed several situations, including Andrew Jacobson's retirement and their failure to cinch a new deal with midfielder Nosa Igiebor, who will soon go through the league waivers process. READ MORE

Catching up with MLS alums

As the league gets set to bring in a host of newbies at the SuperDraft, we offer an update on ex-MLS players now stationed around the globe. READ MORE

One of the alums on our watch list is reportedly heading back to our shores [in Portuguese—ed.] according to A Bola. The paper says former Sporting KC midfielder Oriol Rosell is set to end his Portimonense loan and transfer to a mystery MLS club. READ MORE Must-Watch

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