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The Rundown, July 17

Lionel Messi has officially landed in MLS after La PresentaSion in rainy Ft. Lauderdale on Sunday night at DRV PNK Stadium. He wasn't alone, as Sergio Busquets' signing was announced earlier in the day and he was presented to the crowd as well. No doubt, business has picked up in Major League Soccer and there is now a clear line of demarcation before Messi and after Messi. (photo credit: MLS Communications)

Nick Firmino scored his 11th goal of the MLS Next Pro season to claim the Golden Boot lead, but Atlanta United 2 failed to hold on to a 2-1 lead with a man advantage, losing 3-2 on the road to Orlando City B last night in Kissimmee. Jackson Conway opened the scoring for Atlanta from the penalty spot, while Luke Brennan's assist on Firmino's goal was his third assist of the season. Atlanta United 2 will be back at home on Sunday night, hosting Jack Collison's Huntsville City in Kennesaw at 7:30 p.m. (photo credit: Orlando City B, Atlanta United 2)

Games to watch this week:

  • MLS All-Star Game, Wednesday, 8:30pm

  • Leagues Cup, Miami vs. Cruz Azul, Friday, 8pm

  • Women's World Cup, USA vs. Vietnam, Friday, 9pm

  • Women's World Cup, Japan vs. Zambia, Saturday, 3am

  • USL League One, Tormenta vs. Greenville, Saturday, 7:30pm

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