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Kick Off: Shorthanded NYCFC host red-hot Impact | Loons ink DP Rodriguez

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

Streaking Impact invade the Bronx

NYCFC will likely miss David Villa again vs. the streaking Impact | USA Today Images

Montreal will put their four-game winning streak on the line with Wednesday's tricky visit to face New York City FC (7 pm ET | TVAS, TSN1/4/5 in Canada - full TV & streaming info). While the hosts’ attack could well be without Jo Inge Berget, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi and David Villa, the Impact now have a problem in defense: Rudy Camacho, who has recently formed a stingy partnership with Rod Fanni, has been ruled out with a calf ailment. READ MORE | PREVIEW

Union visit the Windy City

Chicago and guests Philadelphia will meet up for a midweek battle (8:30 pm ET | TV & streaming info) between the two teams just outside the Eastern Conference playoff zone. The Union will arrive having dropped four of five league decisions, as well as their last four at Toyota Park. PREVIEW

Timbers flying high in Power Rankings

Riding high on an 11-game unbeaten streak, Portland have reached a season high-water mark in our MLSsoccer.com Power Rankings. The Timbers are up two spots to No. 2, while the three-rung climbs made by the LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake tied for the biggest of the week. READ MORE

Loons add DP forward Rodriguez

Minnesota United have signed the second Designated Player in club history in the person of experienced striker Angel Rodriguez. The 29-year-old, who had spent his entire career in his native Colombia before the move, arrives after scoring 28 times in 64 matches for Tolima. READ MORE

The Loons' first ever DP player, Darwin Quintero, made his own headline on Tuesday by bagging the Alcatel Player of the Week award. The attacker's midweek hat trick helped Minnesota top defending champs Toronto FC to snap a three-game slide. READ MORE

Summer shopping suggestions for all

While Minnesota gets busy shopping, Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle and Bobby Warshaw were kind enough to break down the most pressing needs facing every MLS club during the now open summer transfer window. READ MORE

O'Neill targets OCSC starting role

Never mind that Orlando City's backline has been extremely dinged up all season long, says Shane O'Neill. The new Lions defender is plotting to cement a place in the lineup no matter who's fit for selection on a given match day. READ MORE

Ex-German int'l MLS-bound?

Reports out of Serbia claim that the next stop for Marko Marin – a former German international who featured in the 2010 World Cup – could be in MLS. The 29-year-old attacking midfielder has spent the last two seasons with Greek giants Olympiacos. READ MORE

Exports: Gall drawing interest from home?

Having already been mentioned in the Swedish press as a target for both current Allsvenskan leaders AIK and title holders Malmo, Sundsvall winger Romain Gall is now reportedly fielding interest (in Swedish) from a mystery MLS club. Sundsvall have admitted that there are several potential suitors hovering around the former US Under-20 ace but insist they've yet to see an official transfer offer. READ MORE

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