Kick Off: Red-hot TFC rally late for win | Providence Park expansion effort

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

Late Ricketts brace flips script

Toronto FC set a new club record with their fifth straight victory, a 2-1 rally victory away to Trillium Cup rivals Columbus. Tosaint Ricketts hopped off the bench to strike twice in the final nine minutes for the win. RECAP

Greg Vanney and the Reds once again tinkered their depth toward success, making for a second straight victory without star man Sebastian Giovinco. The forward remains day-to-day with a troublesome bruised heel. READ MORE | INJURY UPDATE

Higuain leads on and off the field

Crew SC ace Federico Higuain, who continued his form revival with a goal in Wednesday’s loss, has morphed from a quiet presence into a beloved figure in Columbus, in both the squad and the community. READ MORE

Venegas, Burch miss Loons training

Minnesota United head coach Adrian Heath (somewhat) explained the reason for the temporary training absence of frustrated attacker Johan Venegas. The StarTribune report also noted that left back Marc Burch is also sitting out with a nagging groin injury. READ MORE

Red Bulls report cards

Empire of Soccer has handed out trimester grades to the New York Red Bulls, with he marks ranging from Aaron Long’s A+ to a D for coach Jesse Marsch. READ MORE

Stick to the plan, Atlanta

Though Atlanta United have struggled for results over the past month, local blog Dirty South Soccer says the team should fight the urge to change their tactical personality. READ MORE

Style, Soccer, Photography: CREAVALLE by Creavalle

Union midfielder Warren Creavalle recently opened a pop-up shop event in Philadelphia’s North Liberties, showcasing his brand CREAVALLE, which specializes in clothing and photography. The three-year-old project has previously held pop-up events in Atlanta and Toronto. READ MORE

On the field, Philly are sweating the fitness of a few regulars. Roland Alberg and Ray Gaddis trained to the side on Wednesday, while wing playmaker Chris Pontius missed the session altogether. READ MORE

Providence Park expansion moving along

The Portland City Council unanimously approved of the Timbers’ Providence Park expansion plan on Wednesday. The $50-million plan, which will add 4,000 seats, now shifts toward May and June votes on specific aspects of the process. READ MORE

Johnston set for Sporting honor

Next Wednesday, former KC star Mo Johnston will become the ninth player inducted into the Sporting Legends hall of honor. The Scottish forward was a three-time All-Star and a key member of the club’s MLS Cup 2000 champs. READ MORE Musts

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