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

MLS Fantasy returns with split-season games

MLS Fantasy is back! |

The MLS Fantasy is now open for fans to register their teams for the 2018 season! MORE INFO | FANTASY HOME

Playing the middle in D.C.

The next team in for their routine annual check-up from Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle is D.C. United, who are banking on their midfield stable to lift them back into the playoffs. READ MORE

Warshaw: How to earn that initial PT

As cries of #PlayYourKids ring out across the MLS landscape, former FC Dallas man Bobby Warshaw offers four sage bits of advice for how young players can spark their own breakouts. READ MORE

Cole takes Galaxy armband

The LA Galaxy have a proud new skipper in veteran defender Ashley Cole. It's the first time in his 18-year pro career that he's been handed a captain's job. READ MORE

Time for Durkin to shine

Though Chris Durkin has a hefty fight for playing time on his hands, D.C. United are hoping he can be the next American teen to break out. READ MORE

MLS LIVE moving to ESPN+ this spring

Major League Soccer’s out-of-market streaming package MLS LIVE is set to be one of the featured sports offerings on ESPN+, a new ESPN streaming product that will launch this spring and bring ESPN sports programming to subscribers via a newly redesigned ESPN App. MORE INFO

Celebrate Valentine's Day with #SoccerGrams

The dos Santos brothers have got you covered. |

Still struggling to find that perfect something for the special someone in your life? We're here to help. #SoccerGrams are back again this Valentine's Day – share your creations on Twitter and Instagram using #SoccerGrams and we'll be featuring our favorites. VIEW GALLERY

Report: Quintero staying put in Liga MX

In a familiar storyline, ESPN Mexico passed on word that Club America attacker Darwin Quintero will not be coming to MLS during this transfer window. The Colombia international had recently been linked with offers from Toronto FC and Vancouver. READ MORE

Lagerway addresses USMNT GM talk

After scribe Grant Wahl reported that Garth Lagerway was a candidate for the US national team's new general manager post, the Seattle exec responded with a statement that his focus remains on the Sounders job. READ MORE