Kick Off: FCD ousted from CCL, Round of 16 closes tonight | Barco sidelined

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

Ready to #Dress4MLS? Wear your gear Friday!

We're now just two days away from the opening kick off of a new MLS season, but that still leaves plenty of time to put together a winning #Dress4MLS ensemble. As was the case last year, sharing your photos and videos on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag puts you in the running for a trip to the MLS All-Star Game. READ MORE

CCL: Home win can't rescue FC Dallas

Tauro FC's two-goal night was enough to advance them past FCD in CCL play. | USA TODAY Sports Image

Despite posting a last-gasp 3-2 victory over CONCACAF Champions League guests Tauro FC on Wednesday night, FC Dallas bowed out of the tournament on away goals by a 3-3 aggregate count. Maxi Urruti, Mauro Diaz and Cristian Colman found the net for the home side, but their rally try fell short. RECAP

CCL doubleheader on tap tonight

The New York Red Bulls will try to turn a 1-1 aggregate tie into advancement to the Champions League quarterfinals when they host Thursday's deciding leg against Honduran side Olimpia (8 pm ET | UDN;, The Red Bulls are 3-0-2 in the last five tourney games in their friendly confines, with all three of those against foreign foes ending in shutout wins. PREVIEW

In Thursday's late Champions League tilt (10 pm ET | UDN;,, injury-hit Seattle returns home hoping to overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit to El Salvador's Santa Tecla. Though the Sounders expect to be without at least four regulars, they should also see 2018 debuts from attack aces Clint Dempsey and Magnus Wolff Eikrem. PREVIEW

Armchair Analyst in session: 2018 by Tiers


To get you ready for the new MLS season, Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle has kindly separated all 23 teams into tiers based on their ability to contend for the crown. READ MORE | SEASON PREVIEW

Of course, Doyle's not quite done with his season kick off countdown, which has now reached defending champs Toronto FC. He writes that the Reds' biggest battle this term will be their own effort to remain hungry after winning every available title in 2017. READ MORE

Dockal fills Union's No. 10 order

The Philadelphia Union finally have the central playmaker they've wanted for so long after sealing the capture of veteran Czech Republic international Borek Dockal. READ MORE

Injury bay: Barco, Berget, Ghazal

Atlanta United were hit with a blow mere days before their season starter, with flashy new recruit Ezequiel Barco sent to the shelf for 4-6 weeks with a quadriceps strain in his right leg. READ MORE

Also sidelined for opening day by a quad strain is NYCFC attacker Jo Inge Berget, who appears set to miss three weeks of action. READ MORE

Over in Vancouver, Whitecaps boss Carl Robinson stated that they'll need to make do for 4-6 weeks without starting midfielder Aly Ghazal as he recovers from a hamstring setback. READ MORE

Fire pick up Tchani

Chicago have bolstered their midfield ranks by swinging a trade to land Tony Tchani from Vancouver. READ MORE Must-Watch

All the storylines you need to know for 2018