DC United visit Toronto FC

Wayne Rooney and DC United can move into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference on Wednesday when they take on Toronto FC at BMO Field.

Tied with the Philadelphia Union on 23 points, with both teams having played 12 games so far this campaign, DC United lead the Montreal Impact in third, New York City FC in fourth and Atlanta United FC and Toronto FC in fifth and sixth respectively.

The visitors come into the game in Toronto having won both of their previous games in the month of May, defeating Sporting Kansas City and the Columbus Crew SC.

Struggling mightily when Rooney joined the team towards the end of last season, DC United made a late push to make the playoffs before being knocked out in the opening round by the Crew on penalties.

DC United are 4/1 to win the game, with Toronto 8/13 and the draw priced at 3/1.

The defending MLS champion Atlanta United FC are also in action on Wednesday when they travel to Vancouver to play the Whitecaps.

Atlanta stumbled badly out of the gate to start this season, but can move into third in the Eastern Conference table ahead of Montreal should they get the better of Vancouver.

Atlanta has kept a clean sheet in their four previous games over the Colorado Rapids, Sporting Kansas City, Toronto FC and last time out against Orlando City SC, and faces a Whitecaps side that has won two in a row and is undefeated in three.

Also on the slate are the Houston Dynamo entertaining the Portland Timbers while Orlando City FC joins Atlanta in the Pacific Northwest when they play the Seattle Sounders.

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DC toothless without Rooney

The value of Wayne Rooney to DC United was fully on display on Tuesday evening at Audi Field when the hosts drew 0-0 with the Montreal Impact.

Without Rooney in the line-up, suspended because of his red card against LAFC, DC United could not muster a single shot on the Montreal goal.

Rooney, the former Manchester United and Everton star, was instrumental in the late charge of DC United into the postseason last year and their quick opening to the campaign this year.

The point gained leaves United all alone in second place in the Eastern Conference, two points behind the Columbus Crew.

Toronto FC and the Philadelphia Union are a point back in third and fourth respectively with Toronto having only played four games so far this season.

Montreal's point gives the Impact eight points in six games and sees the club in seventh place in the Conference.

FC Cincinnati, who are fifth and Orlando City sitting in sixth also have eight points, but a better goal difference in the early going.

This weekend DC United will travel to Colorado to face the Rapids while the Impact has a tough ask when the Columbus Crew are the visitors to Saputo Stadium.

Wednesday the Seattle Sounders were due to be in action against the Rapids.

However a rapidly developing blizzard situation, saw Seattle return home to prepare for their game over the weekend against Toronto FC. The game between Seattle and Colorado has been rescheduled for early September.

DC United are 11/8 to win their next game at Colorado. The Rapids are 9/5 while the draw is 5/2.

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Galaxy with opening day victory

Zlatan Ibrahimovic nodded in from close range on Saturday as the Los Angeles Galaxy got their MLS season off to a winning start as they defeated the Chicago Fire 2-1.

Former Philadelphia Union forward C.J. Sapong made his debut for the Fire and scored the opening goal early in the second half after a terrible mix up in the LA defense.

However the Galaxy bounced back through a Daniel Steres header before Zlatan claimed the points for the hosts.

Most notable was the debut for LA of 16-year old Efrain Alvarez who set up the Steres goal and was also involved in the attack that led to the eventual winner.

The Galaxy will head to Dallas next weekend to face FC Dallas and will entertain Minnesota United FC and the Portland Timbers through the end of the month.

Meanwhile the newest MLS franchise, FC Cincinnati made their debut with a 4-1 defeat to the Seattle Sounders.

Cincinnati got on the board first with a fine goal from Leonardo Bertone before the Sounders proved predictably too strong for the debutants.

Also victorious on the day were Minnesota United FC 3-2 over the Vancouver Whitecaps; the Montreal Impact edged the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 and Toronto FC defeated the Philadelphia Union 3-1.

The rest of the games finished in draws and Sunday there will be two games on the slate when DC United hosts Atlanta United while Sporting Kansas City travels to LA to play LAFC.

LA Galaxy are 11/2 to win the MLS Cup with Atlanta United 6/1 and Chicago Fire 66/1.

Ibrahimovic is 7/2 to be the top scorer in the tournament with Wayne Rooney of DC United 9/1.

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Rooney: England have superstars

Wayne Rooney believes Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling are England superstars after helping Gareth Southgate's side reach the semi-finals of World Cup 2018.

The 33-year-old former Manchester United and Everton star, who is currently playing for Major League Soccer team DC United, is set to play some part in the friendly against United States at Wembley.

Rooney announced his retirement from international football in August 2017 but has been given the opportunity to make a farewell appearance for his country when he wins his 120th and final cap on Thursday.

England failed to progress beyond the quarter-finals of a major tournament during Rooney's international career but was delighted to see how the current team thrived in Russia.

Tottenham striker Kane won the Golden Boot at World Cup 2018 after scoring six goals while Sterling was an impressive presence for Southgate's team, who beat Tunisia, Panama, Colombia and Sweden in Russia before losing to Croatia in the semi-finals.

Rooney said: "I think they've got superstars. Harry Kane has been top goalscorer in the Premier League for three or four years.

"Raheem Sterling in the last couple of years has been fantastic. I don't think it's fair to say the England team hasn't got superstars.

"What you're saying is we had some great established players – David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry. Why didn't it work? I've no idea.

"We tried to be successful. We maybe never had the squad. We had the startling 11 which was very good but going into the tournament we maybe never had that back-up. But I think we had a great team, we were unlucky on a couple of occasions, going out on penalties.

"We gave our best; it wasn't to be. It's a chance now for this new generation of players to take up that mantle."

England are 2/7 to beat the USA on Thursday while Kane is 4/6 to score at any time in the encounter and Rooney is available at 1/1.

Southgate explains Wilson inclusion

Gareth Southgate says England's forthcoming games are a good opportunity to see how Callum Wilson adapts to international football.

The Bournemouth striker has been included in the England squad for the friendly game against the USA and the Nations League encounter with Croatia.

Southgate also gave recalls to Michael Keane, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Lewis Dunk for the games which both take place at Wembley.

Wilson meanwhile has been rewarded for his form throughout Bournemouth's impressive spell in the Premier League, especially this campaign.

The Cherries are sixth in the table and Wilson has scored six goals so far this season. Southgate says he knows the striker well, from his time with the England Under 21s and is looking forward to working with him again.

He told a press conference to announce the squad: "He's a threat in terms of running in behind defences.

"He's been involved with either scoring or assists, with a high number of goals this season, so it's a good opportunity for us to have a look at him and see how he fits into what we do, and for him to get a feel of working with the senior team."

The squad also included the name of Wayne Rooney after it was announced that the player would come out of international retirement for one game, to make a farewell appearance against the United States where he is now based.

Southgate said that there has been ongoing discussions on paying tribute to Rooney's England career and the friendly with the USA was seen as appropriate.

"We have brought former players back to speak and present shirts. I think all the players respect Wayne's contribution and that he deserves the best possible send-off," he added.

England play the USA on Thursday and then host Croatia the following Sunday.

England are 1/4 to win against the United States who are 11/1 and the draw 9/2.

England are 10/1 to win the Nations League with Croatia 66/1 and Spain 3/1.

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Rooney issues Mourinho backing

Former Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has backed the club's manager Jose Mourinho and urged the players "to be better" to take the pressure off him.

The 32-year-old, who departed Old Trafford for Everton in 2017 as the club's all-time leading goalscorer, has been keeping tabs on the Red Devils from the United States where he now plies his trade with MLS outfit DC United.

And, with Mourinho coming under fire following United's worst start to a league season for 29 years, Rooney is adamant that the players should be stepping up to the mark to keep the Portuguese's critics at bay.

There was evidence of support from the dressing room on Saturday when the side fought back from two-down to beat Newcastle 3-2 and Rooney has called for more of the same.

The former England international said: "The players, the manager, it has been a tough start to the season.

"I know Jose is getting a load of stick but I said a few weeks ago, the players have to stand up."

"The manager can do so much but then it is down to the players on the pitch to produce and probably collectively," Rooney added in the Telegraph.

"It [the form] is a bit of everything coming together but Jose is an easy target. Some of the players have to be better."

United's face Mourinho's former club Chelsea after the international break on 20th October and they are 4/1 to win at Stamford Bridge. The Blues are 4/6 to pick up the three points and the draw is available at 11/4.

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Rooney ready for MLS challenge

Former England captain Wayne Rooney has completed a move to MLS outfit DC United, ending his second spell with Everton after just one season.

The 32-year-old forward has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with United, ending his Premier League career with 208 top-flight goals to his name.

He also netted a national team record 53 goals in 119 appearances for England, while also enjoying a lengthy trophy-laden stint with Manchester United, where he won the Premier League five times and the Champions League in 2008.

However, Rooney says he is now ready for a new challenge and has promised to do all he can to make his time Stateside a success.

He told his new club's official website: "Moving to America and MLS fulfils another career ambition for me. I have the hunger to be a success here and will give DC 100 per cent – as I have always done for every team I have ever played for.

Meanwhile, DC United general manager Dave Kasper has backed Rooney to bring some much-needed leadership characteristics to his new team, as well as his undoubted quality.

He added: "Wayne is undoubtedly one of the best players in Premier League history and his goalscoring record for club and country speaks for itself.

"He is a world-class player and he elevates those around him, both through his work ethic and winning mentality."

Meanwhile, Everton are 6/1 to finish in the top six in the Premier League enxt seaosn, with Arsenal priced at 1/5 and Leicester City 7/1.

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Silva open to Rooney talks

New Everton manager Marco Silva has not ruled out the possibility of former Manchester United star Wayne Rooney staying at Goodison Park.

The 32-year-old ex-England captain has been linked with a summer switch to DC United after spending just one season back at Everton.

"It's something that had started when I arrived," said Silva, who has replaced Sam Allardyce in the Goodison Park hot-seat. "We will talk with him. We need to understand everything.

"The door is open anytime for him to return. We'll talk and see what is happening. It's Wayne's decision."

Meanwhile, former Sporting Lisbon, Olympiakos, Hull City and Watford boss Silva says he is determined to improve Everton next season following their disappointing 2017/18 campaign.

The Toffees flirted with relegation before rallying to finish eighth but it was an underwhelming season considering how much money they spent last summer acquiring the likes of Rooney, Davy Klaassen, Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Everton also snapped up Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun in January and are 1/3 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table in 2018/19 and 6/1 to clinch a top-six spot.

Silva added: "It is a huge club, a huge story behind us as well. We want to develop the club, develop our players and make the club better every single day. This is our goal.

"It is important to make the fans proud of our team. We need to build a strong connection between the team and fans."

SPOTLIGHT: Stateside Rooney, Super Rafa and a Chile-ing Absence

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Wayne Rooney is headed to the MLS

Wayne Rooney is reportedly set to depart from the Premier League to MLS

Wayne Rooney’s potential move to MLS has been agreed in principle

It’s not an exaggeration to say that Wayne Rooney’s time in the Premier League is now up. The former England captain is 32, had a subpar season with Everton and does not want to play for any clubs other than the Toffees and Manchester United.

Some feel that his game isn’t suited to the English game anymore, and his move away from the Premier League is inevitable. Wazza confirmed those theories by agreeing a deal in principle with Major League Soccer side DC United.

The deal, reportedly worth £12.5m, was closed after Rooney’s representatives negotiated terms in the United States. Pundits such as Gary Neville supported the move, saying that his return to his boyhood club didn’t really work out well for him.

However, Everton boss Sam Allardyce insists that the Toffees haven’t asked him to leave.

“My understanding is there seems to have been some negotiation along the line but as for clarity as to whether Wayne is staying or going we’ll see later on,” Allardyce said. “I’m comfortable with any player who wants to leave but let’s get this clear. Wayne Rooney has not asked to leave and neither has Wayne Rooney had a confrontation with me.”

Should Rooney head to the USA, he will inevitable meet with former United team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who already made himself a home with the LA Galaxy.

Rafael Nadal sets new record in dominant clay streak

Rafael Nadal broke McEnroe's 49-set winning run

Rafael Nadal holds an all-time winning record of 50 winning streak in a row

Rafael Nadal is undoubtedly the man to beat on clay courts, and his wins at Monte Carlo and Barcelona are clear evidence of his dominance. However, not many people know that Nadal just added another huge accomplishment to his already-illustrious career.

The King of Clay broke American tennis legend John McEnroe’s record of 49 straight sets won on the same surface. The match that got him through the record books is his victory over Diego Schwartzman in the third round of the Madrid Open.

He will try to extend his record when he faces Dominic Thiem, but Nadal is just appreciating what he just did.

“When my career is over, these are things that are going to be there for always. It’s difficult to be able to win 50 sets in a row,” Nadal said. “Well, it’s done. It’s over. Let’s not talk about that anymore and let’s continue on what we have ahead, which is what I am concerned about.”

Chile’s World Cup absence will haunt Sanchez

Chile missed out the World Cup qualification

Despite being on FIFA’s Top Ten, Alexis Sanchez and Chile will miss the World Cup.

Football fans that know their FIFA World Rankings will be aware that almost every single nation in the Top Ten are on their way to Russia. Chile is the only curious exception.

It’s unimaginable that a team that stars Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal and Claudio Bravo would be missing out on playing for the World Cup. However, a devastating defeat to Brazil forced Sanchez and friends to try and make it to the intercontinental playoff.

Colombia’s loss to Peru doomed La Roja to spend the summer watching the World Cup from their homes. The loss hurt Sanchez so bad that it affected his training with Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger shared his opinion on his former winger: “I believe to play at the top level, it is part of dealing with that kind of disappointment. He is in a very difficult mind. Chile just won the Copa America twice, and now they don’t even go to the World Cup.”

It wouldn’t be a stretch to think that Chile’s devastating exit from the World Cup was what prompted Sanchez to pack up and leave the Emirates for better pastures. While he is now playing on a better team at Manchester United, the sting of not playing in Russia will affect his mental state for quite some time.

He is among the list of excellent players who won’t play in the World Cup. The fault is in no way entirely Sanchez’s, but the team did lose some important matches that could have secured their spot.

All they could do now is hope that Sanchez is still as effective a player when he is 33 for the next World Cup. While this won’t be his last World Cup, Alexis won’t be playing at such a high level when the doors for Qatar open.

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Allardyce won’t stand in Rooney’s way

Sam Allardyce claims Wayne Rooney has not asked to leave Everton, but he won't stand in his way if he wants a move to America's MLS

The Toffees boss has spoken out on the speculation that the 32-year-old is set to depart Goodison Park after just one season back with his boyhood club for a £12.5million switch to America's Major League Soccer with Washington-based outfit DC United.

Allardyce told his press conference, ahead of Sunday's final Premier League game of the season at West Ham, that "there seems to have been some negotiation along the line" with regards to Rooney but nothing was set in stone at the moment.

When pressed further on the future of England and Manchester United's all-time record goalscorer, who has scored 10 league goals with Everton this season, Allardyce added: "I don't get involved with anything regarding transfers in or out or negotiations. I know there appears to be an interest from DC United but where Wayne lies in it I cant tell you until I've spoken to him.

"If the player wants to go – if any player wants to leave – I'm comfortable.

"But let's get this right: Wayne Rooney has not asked to leave and neither has he had a confrontation with me."

As for his own future on Merseyside, Allardyce, who replaced Ronald Koeman in late November and has guided the club away from a relegation battle and to a top ten finish, said: "I have a contract – a one year contract.

"Until that time someone says they don't want me I have a contract. I've already planned for next season."

Everton are 23/10 to win at West Ham on Sunday, with Rooney 2/1 to score at any time, while the Hammers are priced at 13/10 and the draw is available at 5/2.