Kick Off: Long term injury for Morris? | Vela limps off | Aja to Vancouver

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

Report: ACL tear for Morris

According to the Seattle Times, Sounders forward Jordan Morris looks headed for a long layoff after receiving an initial diagnosis of an ACL tear in his right knee just after being pulled in the waning moments of Thursday's CONCACAF Champions League loss at Santa Tecla. READ MORE

First win to cost LAFC Vela?

Though LAFC notched their first win in Sunday's friendly with Sacramento Republic, they also picked up a considerable injury concern of their own. Star man Carlos Vela was forced to hobble off late with what appeared to be a hamstring complaint. READ MORE | PRESEASON SCORES

Check-ups for Atlanta, FC Dallas

Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle continued his season kick off countdown on Sunday by taking a good look at FC Dallas, a team he says should be better staffed to deal with slumps than they were during last season's historic swoon. READ MORE

Jeff Larentowicz and the Atlanta midfield have some questions heading into 2018 | USA Today Images

On Saturday, he turned the microscope on 2017 darlings Atlanta United, a wildly talented team with one nagging and important concern. READ MORE

Who runs the show in Orlando?

Orlando City have a bit of an opening day quandary, with Sacha Kljestan suspended and Dom Dwyer on the mend. Local blog The Mane Land weighs up three directions the Lions can go to spell Kljestan when they host D.C. United on Saturday night. READ MORE

Red Bulls ready to unleash Etienne

New York Red Bulls boss Jesse Marsch is ready to reward the maturity of Homegrown winger Derrick Etienne. After getting just over 700 minutes of MLS action last year, the 21-year-old is being being counted on to contribute regularly in 2018. READ MORE

Whitecaps pick up Aja

With the Tim Parker situation now hanging over their heads, Vancouver have moved to add a center back, grabbing Jose Aja in a trade with Orlando City. READ MORE

Timing counts for LAFC's internationals

Like a number of MLS teams, LAFC have a handful of players aiming to make their respective countries' World Cup squads. And to a man, they're all grateful for the timing of the MLS season because it allows them to be in peak mid-season form and fitness come summer. READ MORE

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