Kick Off: Reds, Rapids open CCL chase | Big trade brewing in Vancouver?

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CCL: Trophy-hunters TFC invade Colorado

Sebastian Giovinco and his MLS Cup-winning Toronto FC teammates eye another trophy. | USA Today Sports Images

The day has finally arrived! Yep, MLS sides will officially be back in competitive action when Toronto FC make a CONCACAF Champions League visit to Colorado on Tuesday night (10 pm ET | TSN2; UnivisionDeportes.com; Tape Delay: UDN). Before chalking up an easy victory in this Round of 16 opener for the reigning treble-holders, do note that they've managed to win just once in seven games away to the Rapids. PREVIEW

As Tuesday's Champions League contest is but one of four to feature an MLS combatant this week, Charles Boehm offers up a capsule look at how all five league clubs should run out. READ MORE

Wondo has MLS goals record in sight

We're now just a dozen days away from the season's opening kickoff, leading Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle to ponder the likelihood of San Jose ace Chris Wondolowski getting the 12 goals he needs to become the all-time leading MLS scorer by season's end. READ MORE

Caps & Red Bulls in trade talks?

Soccer Insider Steven Goff is reporting that the Vancouver Whitecaps are discussing a swap that could send defender Tim Parker to the New York Red Bulls for either midfielder Felipe or a bucket of allocation money. READ MORE

Chris Wingert hangs his boots

Effectively capping a 14-year career spent with four MLS clubs, Real Salt Lake defender Chris Wingert has announced his retirement in an open letter posted to social media. During his first stint with the Rio Tinto crew, the New York native helped win the club's first MLS Cup title by burying one of the decisive shootout penalties. READ MORE

Sane-to-OCSC plot thickens

Responding to recent reports, Werder Bremen have confirmed that defender Lamine Sane is currently in America to discuss a free transfer move to Orlando City. READ MORE

More transfer talk: Dawkins, Kim

Reports out of Minnesota indicate MNUFC are showing interest in veteran winger Simon Dawkins, who was recently let go by Western Conference rivals San Jose. READ MORE

According to Wild East Football, Shanghai Greenland Shenhua's South Korea center back Kim Kee-hee is set to make an MLS move to an unnamed club. READ MORE

Exports: Chandler sparks rally win

In-form Eintracht Frankfurt wingback Timothy Chandler bagged the equalizer to help his surprise package side reach third place with a 2-1 victory over RB Leipzig. READ MORE

Elsewhere in the Bundesliga, Schalke have reached an agreement to sign Atlanta United academy forward Zyen Jones when he turns 18 in August. READ MORE

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