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Tracking MLS Rookie of the Year: Pick your favorite Colorado Rapid!

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Dillon Powers and Deshorn Brown are just two of the exciting youngsters getting it done around Dicks Sporting Goods Park.

When it comes to tracking Major League Soccer’s Rookie of the Year honor, there may be no need to scan the landscape. Rather, just book a little time around Dicks Sporting Goods Park outside Denver.

Two of the leading candidates are there. A third could even elbow his way into the argument. And too bad emerging left back Chris Klute had signed a pro deal last year; this is his first full Rapids campaign, but he’s not eligible for Rookie of the Year.

Here is our current view of how the league’s Rookie of the Year race is shaping up:

1. Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Powers:

Perhaps the league’s No. 11 draft pick in January got some early starts due to the outrageous array of injuries Oscar Pareja’s team suffered in March and April. But the versatile midfielder out of Dallas has certainly earned his keep, starting every match for the West’s third-place team, sometimes deployed in a holding role, sometimes in slightly more advanced positions.

To get four goals and five assists from a two-way midfielder represents a pretty good season.  To get that kind of production from a rookie? That’s outstanding. Plus, we still have almost a third of the season remaining.

2. Colorado Rapids forward Deshorn Brown:

Edson Buddle was expected to be the big scorer around DSG Park this year, but the former U.S. international just cannot find his scoring feet. It would be impacting the Rapids with more ferocity were it not for Brown’s team-leading six goals and four assists. The Jamaican striker has blazing pace, and he knows what to do when he gets past those helpless defenders.

3. Seattle Sounders right back DeAndre Yedlin:

The kid still has a lot to learn on the defensive side, but what a weapon Yedlin has become along the right side at CenturyLink. An All-Star appearance upped his Q rating.

Also in the running: New England’s Andrew Farrell; Colorado’s Clint Irwin.

(MORE: Tracking Major League Soccer’s MVP award; it’s Mike Magee’s to lose)

Viktoria Plzen set to sign midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz

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PRAGUE (AP) Czech champion Viktoria Plzen is close to signing Austrian midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz.

Plzen says Ivanschitz agreed terms for a contract lasting 1 + seasons and will sign it when the team returns from a training camp in Spain. Ivanschitz has already joined the squad at the Oliva Nova resort, the club says.

Ivanschitz helped the Seattle Sounders win their first MLS Cup in December.

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No financial details were given.

The 33-year-old Ivanschitz also played for Rapid Vienna and Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, Mainz in the Bundesliga, Levante in Spain and Panathinaikos in Athens.

Ivanschitz played 69 games for Austria in 2003-14, scoring 12 goals.

FIFA allows Matip to represent Liverpool during AFCON

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29: Joel Matip of Liverpool heads to score his team's third goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park on October 29, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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Joel Matip is going to get to play for Liverpool during AFCON after all.

The center back had turned down the chance to represent Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations, and Liverpool was forced to apply to FIFA for a waiver.

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Matip suffered an ankle injury in December, adding to his desire to stay at Anfield. He declared himself internationally retired and was one of six Cameroon players who refused call-ups for AFCON.

He last played for the Reds on Dec. 11, and can be selected by Jurgen Klopp against Swansea City on Saturday.

Man United captain Rooney raises $1.5m from charity game

FILE - A Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 file photo of Manchester United's Wayne Rooney leaving the field after the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England. Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says he raised 1.2 million pounds ($1.5 million) for charity from a friendly game against former club Everton last year. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
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MANCHESTER, England (AP) Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says he raised 1.2 million pounds ($1.5 million) from a friendly game against former club Everton last year.

That represents the profits, after operational costs, from August’s sellout match at Old Trafford and goes toward the Wayne Rooney Foundation’s target of raising 5 million pounds for children’s charities.

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Rooney said: “I’d like to thank all the fans who came to the testimonial and made it such a special night. They’ve raised a huge amount of money for children who are disadvantaged and it will make a real difference to their lives.”

Rooney is one goal from breaking Manchester United’s scoring record, with the striker currently tied with Bobby Charlton on 249 goals.

Rooney joined United from Everton in 2004.

WATCH: Lewandowski’s juggling stoppage time winner

Bayern's Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the German soccer Bundesliga match between SC Freiburg and FC Bayern Munich in Freiburg, Germany, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (Patrick Seeger/dpa via AP)
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Robert Lewandowski picked up where he left off.

The Polish striker scored twice for Bayern Munich, once in stoppage time, as the Bavarians improved their Bundesliga lead to six points after toppling Freiburg 2-1 on Friday.

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And what a winner it was, Lewandowski taking a Douglas Costa cross with two juggling touches before hitting an offspeed bouncer inside the post.

It was the league’s first match following the winter/holiday break, giving Bayern a cushion before RB Leipzig takes the pitch against Eintracht Frankfurt in a Top Five tilt on Saturday.

Lewandowski moves closer to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the goal scoring chart. His 13th and 14th goals have him two back of Borussia Dortmund’s striker, as Lewandowski pursues a third Golden Boot in four seasons.

Full Weekend Schedule
Freiburg 1-2 Bayern Munich — Friday
Augsburg vs. Hoffenheim — Saturday
Schalke vs. Ingolstadt — Saturday
Darmstadt vs. Borussia Monchengladbach — Saturday
Werder Bremen vs. Borussia Dortmund — Saturday
Wolfsburg vs. Hamburger SV — Saturday
RB Leipzig vs. Eintracht Frankfurt — Saturday
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Hertha Berlin — Sunday
Mainz vs. Koln — Sunday