Kick Off: MLS trio enter USOC | Team of the Week | ATL in for Ivan Rossi?

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

MLS sides join Open Cup fray

Three Eastern Conference clubs will start MLS involvement in the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup by facing USL opposition on Tuesday. Both D.C. United and Philadelphia will host their Fourth Round matchups, while New England must hit the road. PREVIEW

Vieira's Cup message: No days off!

New York City FC head coach Patrick Vieira has made it explicitly clear how his charges should be approaching their midweek U.S. Open Cup derby with the Red Bulls. With last month's rough away loss to their rivals in mind, the Bronx boss is drilling his side to bring a tougher presence to RBA. READ MORE

Week 14 Team of the Week

Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron, named to his fourth MLS Team of the Week, racked up the highest Audi Player Index score of the season to date, 1,692 points.

Atlanta United, FC Dallas and New England each put two players on our MLS Team of the Week. Real Salt Lake's Danny Acosta was the lone holdover from last week's XI, while Atlanta's Miguel Almiron earned his fourth nod of the season. READ MORE

Vanney looking for lost TFC grit

Toronto FC boss Greg Vanney has reacted to Saturday's stunning collapse draw against Columbus by wondering what has happened to their ability to grind out victories when necessary. "The difference between today and a year ago is we win this game a year ago," he stated. READ MORE

Roldan calls out the Sounders

In the aftermath of a third straight loss leaving Seattle level with the bottom of the West, midfielder Christian Roldan decided to read the riot act to his teammates. The US international questioned the level of passion and commitment shown by the two-time defending conference champs. READ MORE

Atlanta sizing up River DM?

According to Argentine scribe Leonel Cerrudo, Atlanta United could be a suitor for 24-year-old River Plate defensive midfielder Ivan Rossi. READ MORE

USMNT taking lessons from loss

As they prepare to jump up a couple of weight classes by facing World Cup-bound and loaded France in Friday's friendly, interim coach Dave Sarachan and his young US national team group are trying to gain experience from their defeat in Ireland so they can avoid blowing second-half leads in the future. READ MORE

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