Kick Off: Zlatan could debut in LA derby | Quintero lands in Minnesota

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

Zlatan available for El Trafico

Zlatan could debut for the Galaxy vs. LAFC | Jon Shard/LA Galaxy

The LA Galaxy have revealed that new superstar signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be available for selection in the first ever local derby against expansion darlings LAFC (Saturday, 3 pm ET | FOX; MLS LIVE on DAZN in Canada). The mercurial striker will have his first training session with the club on Friday. READ MORE

Andrew Wiebe urges everyone to watch the inaugural "El Trafico," but don't just take his word for it. He got some inside input on the game's significance from a prominent supporter on each side of the battle of Los Angeles. READ MORE

Kljestan eager to beat Red Bulls

To put it mildly, Orlando City playmaker Sacha Kljestan is intent on taking three points away from the New York Red Bulls when they come to town on Saturday. And while the thought of sticking it to his former employers is sweet, to be sure, he's mostly concerned with helping the Lions break their 2018 duck. READ MORE

Quintero lands to Loons fanfare

Though the deal has not yet been announced by the club, reputed Minnesota United DP-signing Darwin Quintero has now landed in the Twin Cities. In fact, the Colombian attacker received a warm welcome from a group of industrious supporters when he arrived at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Wednesday night. READ MORE

'Caps aim to turn the table in Columbus

With their weekend test at unbeaten Columbus drawing near, counter-happy Vancouver are hoping to take advantage of the home side's love for attacking possession soccer. Pulling off a result would be business as usual for the Whitecaps, who have won three in a row at MAPFRE Stadium. READ MORE

Urruti nets new FC Dallas pact

Maxi Urruti and his goals will be sticking around Dallas. | USA Today Images

FC Dallas have secured the services of forward Maxi Urruti with a fresh three-year deal. The 27-year-old, who helped the club earn Supporters' Shield and US Open Cup honors in 2016, has scored 28 times in 80 total games for the Texans. READ MORE

Dynamo make midweek moves

Houston have inked contract extensions with head coach Wilmer Cabrera and general manager Matt Jordan that will keep both on board until 2020. Just starting his second season at the helm, Cabrera led the club to a fourth place finish in the West and an appearance in the Conference Championship in 2017. READ MORE

The Dynamo also added to their backline by swinging a TAM trade for Colorado center back Jared Watts. In all, the 26-year-old worked 78 contests in his three full season with the Rapids. READ MORE

Sarachan on the Paraguay win

Interim US manager Dave Sarachan had some positive thoughts in the aftermath of Tuesday night's friendly win over Paraguay. He also explained a decision to use only four subs (and just two that played more than seven minutes) that has drawn fire from many observers. READ MORE

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