VIDEO: Wayne Rooney scores first MLS goal and breaks nose

Wayne Rooney opened his Major League Soccer account on Saturday, scoring in the first half in a 2-1 win against the Colorado Rapids but walked away from the Audi Field with a broken nose.

The D.C. United striker got on the board via a pass from Luciano Acosta, finishing low underneath another former Everton and Manchester United player, Tim Howard. 

The game marked the first for Rooney as D.C. United’s captain after he was named the skipper earlier in the week. 

Rooney was making his second MLS start and fourth overall appearance since signing for DCU at the end of June. 

The 32-year-old bagged an assist on his debut on July 14, as he came off the bench in a victory over Vancouver. 

Rooney nearly scored his second early in the second half, but Howard was up to the task the second time around, the shot off the far post before scrambling to collect it. 

“Delighted to score my first goal for D.C. United last night and more importantly a big three points at Audi Field,” Rooney wrote on Twitter, “and a broken nose and five stitches.”

D.C. United entered the match in last place in the Eastern Conference, desperately needing the win against Colorado, who are second-bottom in the West.

Rooney’s goal would not be enough, with the Rapids getting a goal from new signing Kellyn Acosta, who had missed a penalty early in the match, to pull level in the second half.

D.C. did find a winner though, with a stroke of good fortune handing the Eastern Conference club the win when Colorado’s Niki Jackson, in an attempt to block a cross, turned home past Howard. 

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Liverpool accept £3.5m bid from Rosenborg for Chirivella

Liverpool have accepted a bid worth up to £3.5 million ($4.5m) from Rosenborg for midfielder Pedro Chirivella.

The Spaniard has featured regularly during the Reds’ pre-season campaign, and played in the 4-1 win over Manchester United in Michigan on Saturday.

But having returned to Merseyside with the rest of Jurgen Klopp’s squad, the 21-year-old is now set to travel to Norway to finalise his transfer.

The deal should be done before Rosenborg take on Celtic in their Champions League qualifier on Wednesday.

Liverpool will receive £2.4m ($3.1m) up front with the rest in performance-related bonuses. The Reds have insisted on a buy-back option, which will apply for the first three years of Chirivella’s new contract.

Signed from Valencia in 2013, Chirivella went to make five senior appearances at Anfield, including his Premier League debut under Klopp against Swansea City in May 2016.

He spent the last two seasons on loan in the Netherlands, first with Go Ahead Eagles and then last season at Willem II.

His exit is set to be the first of many over the next few weeks, as Klopp looks to trim his squad before the end of the transfer window.

Danny Ings is likely to leave, with Crystal Palace leading the race for the £20m ($26m) rated striker. Divock Origi has interest from Valencia, while Besiktas are among the clubs looking at goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

Marko Grujic could join Cardiff on loan, while Lazar Markovic is almost certain to leave on a permanent basis, with Olympiakos joining Anderlecht, Leganes and Getafe in expressing an interest in the Serbian winger.

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Bale return to Tottenham not realistic, says Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino has dismissed the notion of Gareth Bale returning to Tottenham from Real Madrid as unrealistic. 

Bale made no secret of his frustration with a lack of starts for Real Madrid at the end of last season, suggesting he could leave the club after scoring twice in the Champions League final defeat of Liverpool in May.

The 29-year-old has long been linked with a return to Spurs, although the club would appear unlikely to be willing or able to meet the Wales star’s wage demands.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus could also provide Bale with more opportunities under Madrid’s new coach Julen Lopetegui.

And Pochettino laughed off suggestions the forward could be brought back to Spurs before the start of the 2018-19 Premier League season, although he is hoping new signings will be made before the August 9 deadline.

“I think it’s not realistic,” Pochettino told reporters after Spurs were beaten on penalties by Barcelona in the International Champions Cup.

“I think we’re going to [complete deals], sure, [we’ll] see what happens in the next few days. If you say we need to sign, maybe, but with or without injuries that was our target after we finished last season – to add some players with qualities that can help us achieve all that we want.

“After many years in football, I think nothing’s going to change if you have different moods or humour. You need to be relaxed, working hard. My focus is trying to help the team and develop the way we want to play and arrive in the best condition to start the season. Nothing’s going to change if I changed my behaviour or the way I act.

“I’m not going to talk about targets or names. We’ll see in the next few weeks.”

Tottenham are yet to sign a player in the transfer window and injuries to Moussa Sissoko, Erik Lamela and Victor Wanyama could hasten their need to add to the squad.

“We need to assess him in the next few days to see what happens,” Pochettino said of Sissoko. “We hope it’s a minor injury, but he feels something in his hamstring.

“Erik was after the game against Roma, he felt but in a different muscle a minor injury. That’s why he’s here with us. We hope he can play against AC Milan [on Tuesday].”

Wanyama has returned to London for an assessment on a knee problem, along with youngster Tashan Oakley-Boothe.

“Victor Wanyama has gone back with Tashan [Oakley-Boothe] to London because they need to see the doctor there. We’re going to assess him in the next few days and see what happens.”

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When is Cristiano Ronaldo’s first match for Juventus?

Cristiano Ronaldo made a sensational move to Juventus from Real Madrid in a deal worth €100 million (£89m/$117m), rocking the football world to its very core.

The Portuguese superstar won everything under the sun with the La Liga side and moves to Italy in the hopes that he can add to his legacy of dominating every aspect of European football, including a chance to help Juventus lift a third Champions League trophy.

But how soon can he make his Juventus debut, and will he face up against Madrid when the two sides meet in the International Champions’ Cup this summer in the United States? Goal brings you all the information.


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Due to the Portuguese star’s commitments at the World Cup, he will miss the mouth-watering opportunity to come up against his former club when Juventus meet Real Madrid at FedEx Field in Maryland on August 4.

Ronaldo joins a host of other World Cup stars who are set to miss a good chunk of pre-season due to being awarded extended time off, with other Juventus stars such as Paulo Dybala not due to link up with the squad until closer to the start of the season.

Ronaldo announced that he would not begin training at Juventus on July 30, but will do so at the club’s own training facilities in Italy.

The rest of Juve’s pre-season included a 2-0 win over fellow European giants Bayern Munich as part of the International Champions Cup, before a 1-1 draw with Benfica that the Italian side won on penalties.

They then face off against the MLS All-Stars on August 1, finishing up their tour of the United States against Real Madrid three days later.


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The 33-year-old stated of his intent to feature for the Serie A champions for the start of the season, though could also be handed his first outing during their customary friendly against their youth team in Villar Perosa (which serves as the home of Juventus president Andrea Agnelli’s family) on August 12.

He is expected to make his Serie A debut for Juventus when the Italian domestic season starts on the weekend of August 19, with the reigning Serie A champions drawn away to Chievo in the opening fixture.

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‘I never saw Aubameyang as a rival’ – Lacazette keen to build fearsome Arsenal strike partnership

Alexandre Lacazette insists he sees Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as a friend rather than a rival despite losing his place in the Arsenal team to the Gabon striker in the second half of last season.

Lacazette became Arsenal’s record signing in July last year when they paid Lyon €53 million (£47.2m/$62m) for him , with the striker initially appearing to settle quite well, scoring four in his first six Premier League games.

But his performances did not continue to improve and the goals dried up, resulting in the Gunners breaking their transfer record again to sign Aubameyang for €64m (£55m/$72m) in January .

Aubameyang instantly usurped Lacazette in the starting XI, scoring 10 times in 13 league games before the end of the season – the French forward lining up just four times between the start of February and the campaign’s conclusion.

But Lacazette is adamant he has never felt as though he is in direct competition with Aubameyang.

“I never said it was bad for me,” Lacazette, who scored twice in a 5-1 friendly victory over Paris Saint Germain on Saturday , said.

“Only people in the press said it was bad. I was happy because I knew I could play with him.

“I didn’t see him as a rival more than a team-mate, so since the beginning I was happy about his signing.”

Although Lacazette managed to score 14 times in the Premier League last term, many of those goals came in bursts, meaning he endured some barren runs.

But he now feels better prepared for the difficulties of English football.

“Sometimes you can do everything, but it’s only about a little bit of luck,” he said. “It has finished. Last season is in the past.

“When I didn’t score, of course I was frustrated, but I’ve learned and now I am happy to start a new campaign.

“I’m more ready. The difference is in the power. Defenders in general are stronger than in France. Referees are less strict. Teams like to play deep and counter more.”

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