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AROUND THE LEAGUE: Everything you need to know today about MLS & North American Soccer

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

NYCFC turn over younger leaf

New York City FC exec Claudio Reyna says the recent acquisition of precocious Paraguay winger Jesus Medina signals a club-wide tactical switch with regard to player personnel. The former USMNT star told the New York Post that they have shifted their approach to target only young or peaking talents for the roster from now on. READ MORE

Report: Impact considering Dzemaili-for-Taider exchange

Following last week's revelation that Montreal loan standout Blerim Dzemaili is pining for a return to Bologna to be closer to his children, Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has passed on word that the teams could arrange a swap deal. In this scenario, the Impact would receive 25-year-old Algeria international Saphir Taider, who can operate anywhere along the midfield spine. READ MORE

Barco finally Atlanta-bound?



According to Argentine scribe Hernan Sisto, Atlanta United's pursuit of Independiente talent Ezequiel Barco is headed for a happy conclusion. He reports that the Five Stripes will shell out $15 million for 70% of the teen playmaker's rights. READ MORE

MLS teams shopping in Mexico

Reports out of both Mexico and Peru say Portland have agreed on a fee to land Monarcas winger Andy Polo. Further stoking the rumor, the 23-year-old Peru international was held out of the Liga MX side's weekend selection. READ MORE

On Saturday, Monterrey manager Antonio Mohamed told reporters that Efrain Juarez was left out of their matchday squad because the veteran Mexico right back was in transfer talks with an unnamed MLS club. READ MORE

Who's been browsing in Houston?

During an interview with Mexico's Radio Ambiental, Houston wing terror Alberth Elis revealed that he recently rejected an overture [in Dutch—ed.] from Belgian leaders Club Brugge. The "Black Panther" also shared that his dream is to one day suit up for Chelsea. READ MORE

Meanwhile, reports on both sides of the border have Liga MX outfit Veracruz have big interest in Dynamo striker Erick Torres. The Mexico international bounced back from a couple of lost seasons to bag 14 goals in 2017. READ MORE

Report: Lawrence headed to Turkey

Not all the rumor-mill chatter is about incoming transfers. Turkish outlet 90 Minutes claims Super Lig giants Fenerbahce are closing on the capture of New York Red Bulls left back Kemar Lawrence. READ MORE

Countdown to Khedira?

German international Sami Khedira was again linked to MLS this weekend, with Italian outlet Tuttosport reporting he was weighing an MLS move at the end of his current contract with Juventus, following the 2018/19 Serie A campaign. READ MORE

Exports: Lichaj double paces FA Cup upset

Nottingham Forest backline ace Eric Lichaj notched the first two-goal game of his career to help the home side knock Arsenal out of the FA Cup on Sunday. READ MORE Must-Watch

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