Kick Off: The countdown continues | Quintero reportedly close

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

Surveying LAFC construction

Already busy counting down the days until the start of a new MLS season, Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle attempts to read LAFC's tactical tea leaves based on the expansion side's roster build to date. READ MORE

Eikrem howls in Sounders bow

New Seattle midfield weapon Magnus Wolff Eikrem enjoyed quite the fine debut, notching two goals and a helper to pace a 5-1 preseason friendly rout of California United. READ MORE | SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Meram aims to lift Lions

Offseason Orlando City catch Justin Meram says he wants to use every bit of his 200 games of regular-season and playoff experience to help foster a winning environment in his new side. READ MORE

Fresh threads out West

Colorado, Real Salt Lake and Sporting KC became the latest clubs to unveil new jerseys for the 2018 season on Thursday. VIEW NEW KITS

Report: Reds, Caps in Quintero tug-of-war

Continuing the saga from earlier reports, FOX Sports Mexico is reporting that Toronto FC and Vancouver have now both had their offers accepted by Club America for Colombia attacker Darwin Quintero. READ MORE

This news comes on the same day that Whitecaps boss Carl Robinson revealed they've bought down the DP status of Brek Shea, opening space for a sizable new signing. READ MORE

Loons chase for Benedetti closed off

Speaking to Colombian radio station Espectaculares Depor, Deportivo Cali exec Marco Caicedo defiantly stated that the club have repeatedly told persistent suitors Minnesota United that they're not interested in selling young playmaker Nicolas Benedetti. READ MORE

Exports: Hamid vies for FCM No. 1 job

As Superliga leaders FC Midtjylland get set to emerge from the league's winter slumber with Friday night's visit to AC Horsens, new recruit Bill Hamid has advertised for the starting job [in Danish—ed.] by declaring that he's the best netminder in the squad. READ MORE