Kick Off: 'Caps, Quakes draw | Polster setback for Fire | Valencia to MLS?

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

Caps, Quakes in see-saw draw

Jackson Yueill and the Earthquakes were able to grab a road point in Vancouver. | USA Today Images

Vancouver and guests San Jose traded leads before ending up with a 2-2 draw on Wednesday night. After a Nick Lima stunner put the Quakes up early in the second half, Yordy Reyna bagged the equalizer shortly after the hour mark. RECAP

Injury woes continue for Fire

Chicago head coach Veljko Paunovic's selection troubles have gone from bad to worse. In addition to losing key midfield man Dax McCarty to a hamstring ailment for a couple weeks, the Chicago head coach is wringing his hands over a knee setback that will keep right back Matt Polster out for an extended period of time. READ MORE

Arriola happily plays middle man

D.C. United acquired Paul Arriola to man the flank, but his recent request to play more centrally is working out for both the player and his team. READ MORE

Report: Valencia talking MLS move

The buzz about Tigres forward Enner Valencia courting a move north of the border is picking up, with Ecuadorian scribe Daniel Navas tweeting that the player was in America with his agent (in Spanish) to hold discussions with a mystery MLS club. READ MORE

Hudson ices Black Cats rumor

First-year Rapids head coach Anthony Hudson plans on staying right where he is. | USA Today Images

Colorado boss Anthony Hudson has categorically shut down recent talk that he is among those in line for the vacant Sunderland post. READ MORE

Paraguay switch for Kaku?

According to the New York Post's Brian Lewis, Red Bulls ace Kaku is weighing a one-time FIFA switch that would allow him to suit up for Paraguay's national team. The playmaker was born in Argentina (for whom he appeared at youth levels) to Paraguayan parents. READ MORE

Who's had it easiest, roughest so far?

Ben Baer has emerged from his research cave with a look at how all 23 MLS clubs rank in schedule strength at this point in the season. It may shock you to learn that struggling champs Toronto FC have actually had the kindest slate thus far. READ MORE

Gold Cup venues revealed

In an ongoing rollout, eight stadiums in the US have been revealed as host venues for the expanded 16-team Concacaf Gold Cup in 2019. Among the stadiums announced so far are LAFC's brand new Banc of California Stadium and Minnesota's soon-to-be-completed Allianz Field. READ MORE

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