Kick Off: Can Philly support Sapong? | Gashi aims for mile-high production

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

Barco leaves parting gift for Independiente

Atlanta United signing Ezequiel Barco may be delighted in his new home, but he isn't one to forget where he came from. The young playmaker donated money for new training fields when departing Independiente, as a "thank you" to the club that raised him. READ MORE

Can Union diversify attack?

Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle gives a preseason once-over to Philadelphia, a club wondering who will offer some help to CJ Sapong in the way of supplemental scoring and chance improvement. READ MORE

Stejskal: Nguyen still wants out

Even though Lee Nguyen has ended a preseason camp holdout, Sam Stejskal reports that the New England attack ace is still intent on a trade away from Gillette. Earlier this month, Chicago and Montreal were linked with interest in the veteran playmaker. READ MORE

Gashi fit to lead in 2018

Following a season marred by injuries, Colorado attacker Shkelzen Gashi spent his offseason working into peak shape in order to boost his production and reliability. READ MORE

Edwards settling in with Montreal

How does a Toronto boy handle joining an arch-rival club in an arch-rival city after a sleepy-eyed border-hopping roller-coaster ride on Expansion Draft day? New Montreal flank man Raheem Edwards talks all about it with the Toronto Sun. READ MORE

Russell loving KC choice

After getting his first look at the team's training facility, fresh Sporting KC recruit Johnny Russell stated it was just one of the reasons he opted for an MLS move over making a Premier League promotion run with Derby County. READ MORE

LAFC to miss out on Warda?

Greek outlet Sport 24 claims that PAOK have shut down transfer talks [in Greek—ed.] concerning Egypt winger Amr Warda with Los Angeles Football Club. The 24-year-old is currently starring on loan to Atromitos, where he's racked up 9 goals and 5 assists in 21 games across all competitions. READ MORE

Report: Bocanegra staying put

According to's Ives Galarcep, Atlanta United technical director Carlos Bocanegra has said thanks, but no thanks to a shot at the new US national team general manager post. Though he will apparently remain in his job with the Five Stripes, the former USMNT skipper will serve an advisory role in the federation's search. READ MORE Must-Listen

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