Kick Off: MLS doubleheader on tap tonight | World Cup tix on sale Thursday

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

Sell-out in Atlanta for Eastern clash

Atlanta United will be up for more Mercedes-Benz Stadium home cooking when New England come calling for Wednesday’s key Eastern Conference clash (7 pm ET | MLS LIVE). In the first ever meeting between the clubs, the hosts will try to cool the warming Revs and solidify their standing in the Eastern playoff race. READ MORE

For those ready to proclaim Atlanta United as the best expansion team in MLS history, new LAFC boss Bob Bradley has offered up a reality check. The coach wants to remind everyone that his 1998 Chicago Fire side captured the domestic double in their introductory campaign. READ MORE

Whitecaps aim for the top

Vancouver have a chance to claim first place in the Western Conference when they host Minnesota United on Wednesday night (10 pm ET | MLS LIVE in the US; TSN in Canada). The teams battled to a 2-2 draw in their first encounter back in June. PREVIEW

Meanwhile, the Whitecaps have reached their highest station in our MLSsoccer.com Power Rankings, breaking into the Top 5 for the first time all season. READ MORE

Altidore nets PotW

Jozy Altidore’s weekend brace earned him Alcatel MLS Player of the Week honors, making it four times in the last seven rounds that a Toronto FC player has bagged the prize. READ MORE

Speaking of Toronto FC, Kurt Larson identifies the Reds’ primary threat in the Eastern Conference as Toronto seek to host their second straight MLS Cup. READ MORE

Crew SC unfazed by Pipa uncertainty

Even though Federico Higuain’s future with Columbus Crew SC is still uncertain, Gregg Berhalter’s squad isn’t letting the situation distract them from the playoff chase. READ MORE

Explaining EPB’s Man City move

Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle has issued a “not so fast” warning for fans hoping that Erik Palmer-Brown’s reported move to Manchester City will see him get an immediate shot at cracking the EPL giants’ rotation. READ MORE

A new candidate for USSF prez

Boston attorney Steve Gans has announced that he will challenge incumbent Sunil Gulati in next year’s election for US Soccer Federation president. READ MORE

World Cup tickets on sale Thursday

FIFA has released all the pertinent info for the sale of 2018 World Cup tickets, which kicks off on Thursday. READ MORE

Who rates best in EA FIFA 18?

It’s nearly time once again for the release of EA Sports’ FIFA 18, and we have a list of the 25 highest-rated MLS players in the latest edition of the popular video game. READ MORE

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