Kick Off: Kaku joins RBNY | Davies bags a stunner | Dom Dwyer injured

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

RBNY finally get their man: Kaku watch concludes

Alejandro Romero Gamarra |

The New York Red Bulls' dogged pursuit of Huracan attacking midfielder Alejandro Romero Gamarra has reached a happy conclusion. The 23-year-old, who typically goes by "Kaku", becomes the first Young Designated Player in club history. READ MORE

Want to know more about the man of the moment? Argentine soccer maven Sam Kelly breaks down Kaku's game and how he might fit with RBNY. READ MORE

Report: TFC short Mavinga, Van der Wiel to open CCL

Toronto Sun Sun reporter Kurt Larson reports that Toronto FC will be missing a pair of defenders when they open CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 play at Colorado on Tuesday, as Chris Mavinga and Gregory van der Wiel have been left back at home to recover from injuries. READ MORE

Preseason Roundup: Saturday night specials

We again had a super-sized weekend slate in the 2018 MLS Preseason presented by AdvoCare, leading to another list of takeaways for many of the clubs in action on Saturday. READ MORE | SCORES & SCHEDULE

The Vancouver Whitecaps were not covered in that article, but we would be just plain irresponsible to not direct attention toward the preseason goal of the weekend, scored in style by the speed racer known as Alphonso Davies. WATCH VIDEO

Armchair Analyst sessions leap to LA, NE

Ola Kamara celebrates a preseason goal. | USA Today Sports Images

Matt Doyle has continued running through all 23 clubs to identify a defining concern or cause for excitement, and recently turned his attention to the LA Galaxy, who are hoping to profit from one of the best offseason hauls in club history. READ MORE

On Saturday, Doyle put New England under inspection, noting that the Revs will be eager to post results that more closely align with their solid analytic numbers from last season. READ MORE

Lions' Dwyer to miss opening day?

Pro Soccer USA reports that Orlando City striker Dom Dwyer is expected to miss 2-4 weeks after suffering a quad strain in last week's friendly against Philadelphia. The Lions will kick off the new season – with or without him – when D.C. United come to town on March 3. READ MORE

Transfer talk: Horta, Sane, Freitas, Mason

ESPN is reporting that LAFC's persistent chase for Benfica midfielder Andre Horta could soon pay off. The Portugal youth international has notched a goal and six assists in 18 games this season while on loan to Braga. READ MORE

According to Pro Soccer USA, Orlando City are on the verge of signing Werder Bremen center back Lamine Sane. The 30-year-old has 25 Senegal caps to his credit. READ MORE

Reports out of Minnesota indicate that the Loons are trying to acquire Fluminense midfielder Marlon Freitas. The 22-year-old has previous experience in America, having played a NASL season on loan with Fort Lauderdale in 2015 READ MORE

Reports on both sides of the Atlantic suggest that Colorado are closing on a deal to land Wolverhampton forward Joe Mason. The former Ireland Under-21 international has 42 career Championship goals, but has become a bit player with the league-leading Wolves this term. READ MORE