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Romelu Lukaku: Everton, not West Brom, snag Chelsea forward on loan

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At this point, you probably know. But if you don’t — if you’re new around these parts — allow me to let you in on a little secret: If we put “Report:” in front of a headline, that means we could be more confident in the source. So when, earlier today, we broke out the prefix for Sky Sports’ report that Romelu Lukaku is going back to West Brom, that was a huge, festering hint this follow-up post may be necessary.

According to the latest reports, Lukaku will move to Everton, where the Deadline Day’s original reports had him going. The Toffees will pick up the 20-year-old Belgian on a year-long loan, the second consecutive year the big number nine’s been lent out within the Premier League.

Last season, Lukaku bagged 17 goals for West Brom, and while Steve Clarke tried to swoop late to bring him back to The Hawthorns this season, Roberto Martínez eventually napped him.

He will be quite an addition for an Everton team currently suffering through a 205-minute scoreless drought. Despite maintaining over 60 percent possession in each of their three Premier League matches, the Toffees have only scored twice. With Lukaku in, possibly replacing Nikica Jelavic up top, Everton may have the number nine they lack.

We went over Chelsea and Lukaku’s sides of this deal earlier. It’s a bit beguiling why José Mourinho’s willing to let one of his number nines go, but at the same time, a move makes sense for the young striker, if playing time is his priority.

If it is, Lukaku stands a better chance of seeing it at Goodison Park than Stamford Bridge.


MLS Snapshot: Seattle Sounders 1-1 Los Angeles Galaxy

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The game in 100 words (or less): The Los Angeles Galaxy became the second team in the Western Conference to clinch a berth in the playoffs following a 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders. A terrible mistake from Seattle defender Zach Scott led to an easy goal for Robbie Keane, and it looked like that would be the winner until deep into stoppage time. In the 93rd minute, Chad Barrett got his knee on a corner kick to save a draw for Seattle, although the point was enough for LA. The Galaxy join FC Dallas as the two Western Conference teams headed to the postseason.

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Three moments that mattered

36′ — Robbie Keane capitalizes on Seattle’s mistake — Zach Scott misplayed a ball across the Sounders’ back line, as Robbie Keane intercepted the pass and finished one of the easiest goals he’s going to score. A true striker’s goal, Keane doesn’t miss ones like this.

64′ — Steven Gerrard denied by the woodwork — Los Angeles nearly made it 2-0 right after the hour mark, but Steven Gerrard was just inches off. Gerrard rose up to meet a corner kick from Juninho, but his header took a deflection and hit the crossbar before being cleared out of the box by Seattle.

90’+3′ — Chad Barrett finds a late, late equalizer — Just when it looked like LA was going to leave Seattle with a win, Chad Barrett stole a point for the Sounders. Marco Pappa whipped in a corner kick to the near post, which was flicked on by Brad Evans. Barrett surged into the box and got a knee on the ball as the match ended in a draw.

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Man of the match: Steven Gerrard

Goalscorers: Keane (36′), Barrett (90’+3′)

MLS Snapshot: Colorado Rapids 1-2 Real Salt Lake

SANDY UT - MARCH 14: Olmes Garcia #13 of Real Salt Lake celebrates his goal during their game against the Philadelphia Union at Rio Tinto Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Sandy, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
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The game in 100 words (or less): Real Salt Lake stays alive in the hunt for a playoff berth in the Western Conference with a crucial 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids. After falling behind early, RSL scored twice before halftime and held onto the lead for the rest of the match, moving within three points of the final playoff spot in the West. Real Salt Lake has three matches remaining, including a massive clash against the Portland Timbers, which will pretty much decide their season. For Colorado, it’s another year without playoff soccer.

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Three moments that mattered

16′ — Doyle heads Colorado into the lead — The former Premier League man gave the home side an early lead, thanks to a powerful header from quite a bit out. Sean St. Ledger played in a cross, where Doyle snapped a header into the top corner past Nick Rimando.

33′ — Joao Plata bends in the free kick — Trailing 1-0, Joao Plata drew RSL level with a brilliant free kick. Plata’s shot dipped over the wall and under the crossbar, as Clint Irwin stood helpless in goal for Colorado.

43′ — Mulholland fires home a volley to put RSL ahead — Luke Mulholland scored his first goal of the season, and it was a beauty. A corner kick popped out to the midfielder at the top of the box, as he rifled a shot off the bounce and into the side netting.

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Man of the match: Luke Mulholland

Goalscorers: Doyle (16′), Plata (33′), Mulholland (43′)