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Daily Red: August 16th

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Defoe could feature for the Reds this weekend, TFC faces off against East leaders Sporting KC, the Fire sign a former Red, and could Pirlo make a move to MLS?

Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The EPL and Ligue 1 begin today,  the Bundesliga takes off next week and Serie A in two weeks.  Can you smell that? International soccer is back! However this MLS season has seen teams fall and rise and something even better, TFC is in a playoff spot and could make the post season for the first time since joining MLS.  So, without further Edu, here's your Daily Red;

Jermain Defoe "might" feature for Toronto FC vs. Sporting KC, but defense still addled with injuries

Looks like TFC might get some good news before the start of their clash with Eastern Conference leaders Sporting KC. Its not guaranteed he'll get the start or even sit on the bench, since Nelsen doesn't want to rush Defoe who's still not 100%. It is still a good sign that he's progressing for the stretch run.

Match Preview: Sporting KC vs. TFC

Ryan Nelsen and the Reds know that every game is important if they want to make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.  Today's game is no different as Nelsen knows if they want first place, they need a win, or at least a draw.

TFC can join elite company with win in KC

With a win today, the Reds could be in a comfortable playoff spot to finally make the playoffs, but they will have to beat reigning champs and Eastern Conference leaders Sporting KC.

Chicago Fire announce signing of former Toronto FC striker Robert Earnshaw

Here's something that should amuse TFC fans, former Reds striker Robert Earnshaw has found a new club, and it's in MLS.  Earnshaw appeared in 26 games last season for TFC and netted eight goals.

Pirlo mulls over MLS move in 2016

Italy international legend Andrea Pirlo could make take his luscious locks of hair to MLS after his contract with Juventus in Serie A runs out.  Pirlo will be 37 when his current deal expires so maybe a MLS team won't be interested in a player at that age.  However, Pirlo would add so much to any team that he joins in MLS and would add a playmaking touch that is immense.

The Northwest Passages: Open up for the Open Cup

In this article by Keith Hickey at goal.com, Hickey gives a brief history lesson on the US Open Cup.