West Ham United 0-2 Manchester United: Rooney goal the highlight of Red Devils’ routine win (video)

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Manchester United’s campaign to slip into Europe via sixth place is alive and well after beating West Ham 2-0 at Upton Park. A fantastic goal from Wayne Rooney opened the scoring, and with the forward adding another before the break, there was really nothing the hosts could do to close the gap.

Marouane Fellaini had a chance in the fourth minute, but who remembers that now? All previous memories were wiped away by Rooney’s spectacular goal in the seventh minute. The forward pushed past James Tomkins as the ball bounced favorably, allowing Rooney to hit his shot on the half-volley. From an impressive 57 yards out, the ball sailed across the pitch, flying passed West Ham goalkeeper Adrian, who was scrambling to get back between the sticks.

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West Ham’s best chances of the half came from Andy Carroll. The forward first headed a free kick from Mark Noble just wide. Then came a cross from Stewart Downing, heading toward the back post. Carroll came flying in for the header but David De Gea was there to save.

The wasted opportunities came back to haunt the hosts in the 33rd minute. The West Ham defense made a mess out of clearing the ball, with Noble’s clearance falling directly at Rooney’s feet. His second goal wasn’t anywhere close as inviting as his first, but hey, they all count, right?

West Ham’s vital signs are weak. Manchester United have been popping the ball around them with relative ease in the second half. Stewart Downing wastes a chance to get at the visitors down the right, leaving the ball behind initially and them cuffing his cross too deep

Sam Allardyce attempted to liven things up by replacing Mohamed Diamé with wideman Matt Jarvis. The move helped little, only resulting in a tame effort from Jarvis, easily rescued by De Gea. By about the 65th minute, the West Ham manager was absolutely livid, unable to believe his players’ performance. The hosts had trouble stringing together passes, getting into decent positions and, of course, finding the target.

West Ham United: Adrian, Demel, Collins, Taylor (Nocerino 83), McCartney, Noble, Tomkins, Diame (Jarvis 58), Nolan (C. Cole 72), Downing, Carroll

Manchester United: De Gea; Rafael, Jones, Carrick, Buttner; Mata (Welbeck 77), Fletcher, Fellaini, Young; Kagawa; Rooney (Hernández 77)

Subs: Evra, Lindegaard, Chicharito, Nani, Welbeck, Cleverley, Januzaj

USMNT: Brooks out with hip strain; World Cup qualifiers loom

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John Brooks is out of Hertha Berlin’s lineup “for the time being” after scans revealed a hip strain suffered in this weekend’s win over Wolfsburg.

That’s all Hertha has said, and that makes it hard to imagine whether American fans should be a little concerned or very concerned ahead of the USMNT’s World Cup qualifiers against Mexico, and Trinidad and Tobago in early June.

Brooks was unavailable for two weeks with an adductor strain in September, missing a month before returning to the starting lineup.

The U.S. center back pool isn’t teeming after Brooks and Geoff Cameron. Matt Besler, Tim Ream, Omar Gonzalez, and Walker Zimmerman were called up for the last World Cup qualifiers, and Gonzalez struggled but is a Bruce Arena favorite from their time in L.A.

WATCH: Snazzy Sargent goal leads U.S. U-17s past Mexico

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Josh Sargent scored a pretty goal as the United States Soccer program had another banner day against Mexico.

Nearly two months to the day after the U.S. U-20 side beat Mexico for the first time in 31 years, the U.S. U-17 topped El Tri for the first time ever. That win snapped Mexico’s 25-match unbeaten streak.

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The goal is the first of Sargent’s two goals, as the 16-year-old latched onto a long diagonal ball and used his right foot and head to move the ball into position for a strong shot.

The U.S. clinches a spot in the next round of U-17 World Cup qualifying with one match remaining in group play.

Sargent is from St. Louis and plays with Scott Gallagher-Missouri. Former Philadelphia Union coach John Hackworth coaches the U.S. U-17s.

Heads of South American soccer sent $128M in bank transfers

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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) The leaders of South America’s soccer confederation transferred $128.6 million between 2000 and 2015 to personal accounts, suspicious accounts, or unauthorized third-party accounts, according to an audit released Wednesday by Ernst & Young.

According to the audit presented to the annual CONMEBOL congress in the Chilean capital, the confederation’s former president Nicolas Leoz transferred $26.9 million to his personal accounts. Leoz was the president for 27 years until resigning in 2013 for what he said were health reasons.

The audit also found $58 million in payments “to third parties without adequate documentation,” payments of $33.3 million to “unidentified accounts,” and $10.4 million to “suspicious third-parties.”

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“We had said that we would have four pillars, and the first two pillars were clear accounts and accountability,” said Alejandro Dominguez, the president of CONMEBOL who commissioned the audit last year. “Today we are accountable to the leaders and the whole world of football.”

Leoz, 88, is one of three ex-presidents of CONMEBOL accused on corruption charges by the United States Department of Justice. He is in Paraguay fighting extradition to the United States.

The South American body has been plagued by corruption, which was exposed two years ago during the FIFA scandal. Leoz’s two successors, Eugenio Figueredo and Juan Angel Napout, were both arrested on corruption charges.

“I’m here, I’m the manager” – Moyes will not quit Sunderland

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This has been one horrible stretch for David Moyes.

The Sunderland manager probably thought he’d been through the worst once he left Real Sociedad, where he went 12-15-15.

But he’s managed just seven wins and seven draws in 38 matches in charge of the Black Cats — an 18 percent win mark. He’s also been charged for threatening to slap a female journalist.

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And after Wednesday, Moyes has lost both of his derby matches against Middlesbrough.

Sunderland is 12 points back of safety with five matches left. The odds the Black Cats are headed for the Championship are somewhere north of 99 percent, and fans are calling for his job.

Well, he isn’t quitting. From the BBC:

“No, I’m here, I’m the manager, you take it on the chin. … I’m a football supporter, I know what it’s like. You don’t like seeing your team lose.

“There is nobody who wants to win more than me. I am used to winning, I’m not used to losing and I don’t want to get used to it either.”