Will Wayne Rooney become Manchester United’s all-time leading scorer?

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Despite all his plans to leave Manchester United over the summer, Wayne Rooney is still a Red Devil.

And following his two goals against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday in their Champions League win, Rooney became just the fourth player in United’s history to score 200 goals in the iconic red jersey.

Another day, another milestone for the Red Devils forward.

But as 27-year-old Rooney refused to comment on his ‘happiness’ with United after the 4-2 victory over Leverkusen, many are wondering whether he’ll stick around to try and beat Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record for the Old Trafford club. England’s all-time scorer Charlton also holds that record for United, with 249 goals in 758 games, and Rooney is edging closer to both of Charlton’s records for club and country.

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The Liverpudlian has tried to leave United on two much-publicized occasions, but he still remains in Manchester and is edging even closer to Charlton’s record. It would take a monumental effort to reach the target this season, but it’s not inconceivable that Rooney will reach the milestone by the end of the 2014-15 campaign… if he’s still at United.

Below is a list of the top ten goalscorers in United’s long and illustrious history, as you can see Rooney is now ranked fourth all-time. But does he really care about breaking Sir Bobby’s record? Or just making as much money as he can from the game?

A move to Chelsea, Manchester City or the big clubs abroad in the next few seasons would prove the latter is indeed true. However, with such a legendary milestone within reach, I believe Rooney should stick it out with United to try and become the greatest player, stats-wise, the club has ever seen.

Yet Rooney will be seen by many as a ‘wantaway legend’ and regardless of how many goals he’s scored, United fans will do well to bury the reminders that the fourth highest scorer in club history has wanted to leave it all behind on several occasions.

If Rooney does break the record, I can imagine the feeling for most United fans will be celebration tinged with sadness.

Top 10 Manchester United goalscorers all-time

1. Sir Bobby Charlton: 249 goals, 758 appearances (1956 – 1973)
2.  Denis Law: 237, 404 (1962 – 1973)
3.  Jack Rowley: 211, 424 (1937 – 1955)
4. Wayne Rooney: 200, 406 (2004 – present)
5. George Best: 179, 470 (1963 – 1974)
5. Dennis Viollet: 179, 293 (1953 – 1962)
7. Ryan Giggs: 168, 945 (1991 – present)
7. Joe Spence: 168, 510 (1919 – 1933)
9. Mark Hughes: 163, 467 (1983 – 1995)
10. Paul Scholes: 155, 718 (1994 – 2013)

MLS Week 22: Schmid, LA Galaxy host Seattle, Chicago visits Sporting KC and more

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The annual LA Galaxy-Seattle Sounders matchups are always filled with drama, but Thursday’s moves took the drama and interest in the match up a notch.

Sigi Schmid’s first game back in charge of the LA Galaxy will be against his former club, which fired him midway through the 2016 season. Schmid will also have a brand new signing to debut in Jonathan Dos Santos, the midfield brother of star forward Giovani Dos Santos.

Meanwhile, the second-place Chicago Fire from the Eastern Conference travel to face second-place Sporting Kansas City from the Western Conference, with both teams back to full strength with the Gold Cup completed.

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Here’s a look at this weekend’s full slate of matches around MLS.

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Chelsea loans Miazga back to Vitesse for second-straight season

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Matt Miazga is back again in the Netherlands.

Chelsea announced Friday that it had loaned the American international to Vitesse for the second-consecutive year on a season-long loan. Miazga made 19 starts last season in all competitions and another 10 appearances for Vitesse off the bench, with one goal scored in the run to the KNVB Cup title, the club’s first in its history,

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Despite his rise through the U.S. youth ranks and success with the New York Red Bulls in 2015 before moving to Chelsea, Miazga only made his first U.S. Men’s National Team start at the 2017 Gold Cup, playing the full 90 in the USA’s 3-0 win over Nicaragua.

Miazga went straight from the Gold Cup back to Vitesse to join up for preseason training.

“I look back with pleasure on my first year at Vitesse,” the 22-year-old Miazga told Vitesse’s website. “I felt very welcome and we have all made historic success. That success will be expanded this coming season and I will continue to develop myself. That’s why I returned as soon as possible after winning the Gold Cup. We are going to compete for the second prize in the club’s history. ”

While it’s disappointing that Miazga won’t be able to challenge for a place at Chelsea next season, he could do worse than facing the challenge of the Eredivisie’s huge array of talented attackers, and after another year of seasoning, he could be ready to play in England, with or without Chelsea.

More importantly for him, with the World Cup coming up, even though he’s on the fringe of the World Cup roster right now, getting regular matches in the Eredivisie will help his cause more than playing for Chelsea’s reserves.

Pulisic: Dortmund can win the league

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Christian Pulisic isn’t short on confidence these days.

The rising star for the U.S. Men’s National Team is currently in preseason training with Borussia Dortmund, and he believes his side can push Bayern Munich for the title. Bayern has won five-straight league titles, but the last team other than Munich to win was Dortmund itself in 2012.

“We’ve got a big chance to win the league this coming season,” Pulisic said, via German publication Kicker.

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Pulisic has been firing on all cylinders so far in preseason. During Dortmund’s tour of China, Pulisic had three assists in a 3-1 win over AC Milan, and he also started and went the full 90 against Bochum on July 22 back in Germany.

The 18-year-old is coming off a breakout season for the Black and Yellows, scoring five goals with 13 assists over 43 games between the Bundesliga, German Cup and UEFA Champions League.

“Last season was a good step in my development,” Pulisic said, noting he wants to be “more dangerous” in the attack. “I want to build on that.”

Of course, Pulisic followed the U.S. Men’s National Team at the Gold Cup, taking the title for the sixth time. In less than a year’s time, Pulisic will likely be on the field, starting for the U.S. at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with the hopes and dreams of many Americans on his shoulders.

“(It was) a good victory,” Pulisic said of the final.

Transfer Rumor Wrap: Bale’s agent laughs off speculation

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It appears Gareth Bale has no plans of following Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez out of Real Madrid this summer.

“It’s a ridiculous, stupid story,” Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett told the BBC, following reports that Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane wouldn’t promise Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo that they’d staying with the club this summer.

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Of course, these prompted counter reports that Manchester United could take advantage of possible instability at the Santiago Bernabeu and swoop in for Bale, but it seems that Bale is not for sale.

Bale played just 27 times for Real Madrid last season in all competitions, scoring nine goals with three assists while dealing with multiple injuries. His entire career at Real Madrid in fact has been plagued by injury, but ahead of a World Cup year with Wales still in contention for a spot in Russia, Bale will be extra motivated to stay fit this season.

Here’s some more transfer rumors from around the world:

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