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Is the LA Galaxy really interested in Miroslav Klose?

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Considering the moving parts this would take, and considering that Miroslav Klose is already 35 years old, we need to squint a bit to see a real possibility of the accomplished German striker linking up with the LA Galaxy.

Then again, there was a time when some of us doubted David Beckham would actually be interested in joining MLS. Times have changes, of course, and MLS is a very different place as a destination for big names out of Europe or elsewhere. Still …?

The story popped out of Germany today, indicating that one of the best pure goal scorers in the modern game may be looking at a January move into MLS. Most likely scenario: his contract soon to expire at Italy’s Lazio, some smart agent has played the MLS card. And when playing the MLS card, it is always best for max effectiveness to mention New York, LA Galaxy … or both.

Most of Klose’s distinguished club career was spent in German, the bulk with Kaiserslautern, Werder Bremen and then four seasons with fabled Bayern Munich. He signed with Lazio in 2011, where he remains a central figure.

Klose is level with Germany legend Gerd Müller as his country’s all-time leading scorer, with 68 international goals. (He recently had to miss German friendlies against Italy and England because of a shoulder injury.)

Klose may not have the Q Rating of a Beckham or even a Thierry Henry, but he is certainly one of the game’s more accomplished figures. He is one of just two players, along with Peru legend Teófilo Cubillas, who has five goals or more in two different World Cup tournaments. Klose also holds the distinction of being the only player in history with at least four strikes in three World Cups.

The most formidable of “moving parts” is this: despite the man’s age, Klose would almost certainly come with a DP salary. Well, the Galaxy already has three of those, the maximum league allotment. Unless Omar Gonzalez, Landon Donovan or Robbie Keane has plans on going elsewhere – and we have zero indication that anything like that will happen, as it would certainly fall into the “major shakeup” category – then this is going nowhere fast.

Still, heads up on it … because you never know.

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