Kick Off: East teams continue to roll | Canada win Herdman debut | Horta?

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

History happens as Crew SC, RBNY keep rolling

Late first-half goals two minutes apart from Ricardo Clark and Pedro Santos made the difference as Columbus moved level with league leaders NYCFC after a 3-1 win over Saturday visitors D.C. United. With two helpers in the contest, Crew SC string puller Federico Higuain became the 19th member of the 50-50 club – players to hit the half-century mark in both goals and assists during their MLS career. READ MORE | RECAP

Meanwhile, Bradley Wright-Phillips netted twice, one goal beautifully assisted by Alex Muyl, to help the New York Red Bulls ease to a 3-0 victory over Saturday guests Minnesota United. The brace – here's how he did it – pushed BWP to a historic sum, as he now holds the highest five-year goal tally in MLS history. WATCH VIDEO | RECAP

NYCFC, SKC each come back to steal road share

Ismael Tajouri cancelled out a pair of second-half deficits to gain New York City FC a 2-2 draw at New England on Saturday. The visitors lost their perfect record to start the season, but remained unbeaten despite missing some key players, notably midfielder Alexander Ring, who's slated to miss four weeks after suffering a knee injury while on Finland duty. READ MORE | RECAP

Colorado let an early two-goal lead slip in Saturday's home opener, settling for a 2-2 share with party spoilers Sporting KC. Diego Rubio capped off a fine team move in stoppage time to earn the visitors a point. Disappointing for the hosts, though head coach Anthony Hudson reminded observers that the team is "four or five" games from hitting stride due to personnel changes and a new tactical set-up. READ MORE | RECAP

Christmas (tree) comes early for Timbers in Dallas

Portland banked their first point of the season thanks to a 1-1 comeback draw at FC Dallas on Saturday. Sebastian Blanco scored just after halftime to cancel out a Roland Lamah opener for the hosts, who successfully broke out the "Christmas Tree" formation to slow FC Dallas' attack up the gut. READ MORE | RECAP

In the wake of Zlatan, Galaxy hold Vancouver away

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is greeting his new teammates with arms wide open. | Jon Shard/LA Galaxy

Vancouver and the visiting LA Galaxy were unable to find a winner on Saturday, with each side settling for a point from their scoreless draw. Despite a laundry list of key absences, the Galaxy were able to grab a gutsy result that boss Sigi Schmid admitted they would not have been able to wrangle last season. READ MORE | RECAP

Despite a laundry list of key absences, the Galaxy were able to grab a gutsy result that boss Sigi Schmid admitted they would not have been able to wrangle last season. READ MORE

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic's signing announced on Friday, his new Galaxy teammates are ready for the anticipated reinforcement to arrive. READ MORE

MLS connection helps Canada edge Kiwis in Spain

An early second-half goal from Toronto FC man Tosaint Ricketts – assisted by LAFC's Dejan Jakovic – was all Canada needed to score a 1-0 friendly victory over New Zealand in John Herdman's first match at the helm. In his postgame player ratings, Daniel Squizzato gave the highest marks to teen debutant Liam Miller. READ MORE | RECAP

Transfer wire: Horta, Movsisyan

Multiple outlets are reporting that Benfica midfielder Andre Horta (currently on loan to Braga) is set for a switch to become LAFC's third DP signing. However, it appears they will need to wait until summer to welcome him into the side. READ MORE

Erstwhile Real Salt Lake striker Yura Movsisyan has completed a loan move to Swedish side Djurgarden, who open the new Allsvenskan season at Oestersund on Sunday. READ MORE

And per Metro reporter Kristian Dyer, the Red Bulls are keen on swinging a loan deal to temporarily reclaim Manchester United right back prospect Matthew Olosunde. READ MORE

Exports: Donovan strikes on San Jose return

Former San Jose star Landon Donovan made a memorable visit to his old stomping ground, bagging the lone-goal winner for current employers Leon in Saturday's friendly at Avaya Stadium. WATCH VIDEO

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