David Moyes puts the kibosh on selling Wayne Rooney…for now

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One can’t help but feel like Manchester United manager David Moyes is the most stressed man in all of England.

Well, Arsene Wenger may disagree, but still, Moyes has endured nothing but turbulance since leaving the quiet confines of Goodison Park for the flashy lights of Old Trafford. But, that’s the job he signed up for and there’s no sign that things will get any easier for the Glaswegian.

In an attempt to put the kibosh on but one of his many worries, Wayne Rooney, Moyes has come out (yet again) to announce that the England striker will not be sold.

Moyes told Sky Sports News earlier today: “There have been no more developments and we don’t want any more developments because we have told everybody – which I have said before – he is not for sale.”

The United boss also discussed his thoughts on Rooney’s performance in the Three Lions 3-2 victory over Scotland in Wednesday’s friendly. “I watched the game last night and I thought for the 65 minutes or so that he played, I thought he did well. He ran around, he got himself some fitness, but it certainly was his first outing in any real competitive game.”

Whether Wazza will appear in United’s season opener against Swansea City on Saturday remains to be seen as Moyes has concerns over the striker’s shoulder injury. “I will need to see how he is when we get back. When I get back I will try and assess him.”

So with Moyes’ statement concerning the refusal to sell Rooney are we good to go on putting the transfer rumors to bed?

Probably not. Until Rooney himself comes out and pledges his heart and soul to United, the smut rumor pieces out of England will persist and under our obligation with the Gods of Football, we must report.

From all indications right now, however, we’ve got to take Moyes at his word. The above narrative is succinct and clear, mainly because Moyes knows that if he sells Rooney that could very well be the ghost that comes back to haunt him when there are three weeks left in the season, there’s a three way tie for first place and Robin van Persie limps off the pitch.

U.S. Open Cup roundup: Poku lifts Miami; Red Bulls, Cincy win on PKs

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While MLS represents the majority of the remaining clubs in this year’s U.S. Open Cup, one side continues to defy the odds.

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Miami FC reached their first quarterfinal in club history after knocking off Atlanta United late on Wednesday, behind a goal and an assist from Kwadwo Poku. The victory for Miami sets up a date with FC Cincinnati — who pulled off an unbelievable shootout win against the Chicago Fire.

Meanwhile, the New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution both advanced on the night with wins over the Philadelphia Union and D.C. United, respectively. The Red Bulls and Revs will meet in the final eight as well.

Sporting KC kept its hope of hoisting a fourth U.S. Open Cup title alive on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo. The 2015 winners will take on FC Dallas — who defeated the Colorado Rapids on Tuesday night.

Here are all the results from tonight’s Open Cup action.

Houston Dynamo 0-2 Sporting KC
New England Revolution 2-1 D.C. United
Miami FC 3-2 Atlanta United
New York Red Bulls 1-1 (5-3 on PKs) Philadelphia Union
FC Cincinnati 0-0 (3-1 on PKs) Chicago Fire
San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 Seattle Sounders
LA Galaxy 2-0 Sacramento Republic

Report: City Football Group set to expand outreach with Girona deal

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City Football Group appears on the verge of adding to its global outreach, and it’s next destination looks to be in Spain.

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The group of investors, which are known for controlling Premier League side Manchester City, are reportedly nearing a deal to purchase a partial stake in Spanish club Girona — which is set to make its La Liga debut in 2017/18.

CFG is said to be gaining a near “50 percent” stake in the club, with the rest of the club owned by Media Base, a company owned by Pep Guardiola‘s brother, Pere.

Over recent years, CFG has vastly expanded its ownership outreach and currently has a stake in five clubs around the world, with Girona set to be the sixth.

MLS side New York City FC, Australian A-League side Melbourne City FC, Japan’s Yokohama F. Marinos and Club Atletico Torque in Uruguay are all part of the CFG enterprise, alongside Man City.

New York Red Bulls ink goalkeeper Luis Robles to new deal

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The “Iron Man” will keep up his amazing journey with the New York Red Bulls, after signing a new deal with the club on Wednesday.

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Goalkeeper Luis Robles has extended his contract with the reigning Eastern Conference champions, as the American continues to raise his consecutive starts streak, which stands at 157.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed in the club’s release.

Robles joined the Red Bulls back in 2012 after playing in Germany, and the shot-stopper hasn’t missed a start ever since.

Report: Minnesota United adds Hearts midfielder Sam Nicholson

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Minnesota United has had its shares of ups and down in its debut MLS season, but the Loons are on the verge making an exciting young signing.

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ESPN FC is reporting that Minnesota will sign Hearts winger Sam Nicholson from the Scottish Premier League on a deal that makes him a Loon until 2019.

The young attacker is expected to join the MLS side when the summer transfer window opens on July 10.

Nicholson, 22, has played with the Edinburgh side since his youth days, and made his senior debut with the club in 2013. During his time at Hearts, Nicholson scored 16 goals in all competitions for the team.

Last season, Nicholson missed 16 matches due to a significant knee injury.

According to the report, Scottish sides Rangers and Aberdeen were also among those interested in acquiring Nicholson, while English Championship clubs Bristol City and Barnsley also reached out about the attacker.