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What next for Wayne Rooney?

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With reports stating that West Ham have joined the race to sign Wayne Rooney this summer, the Manchester United captain has an interesting few months ahead of him.

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A report from Sky Sports on Tuesday stated that Rooney, 31, will be allowed to leave Manchester United this summer despite being contracted to the Red Devils until the summer of 2019 and that West Ham would be interested in signing Rooney.

Where does this fall on the likelihood scale? Right around 4 out of 10.

Yes, West Ham probably have the financial clout to hand Rooney similar wages to what he’s on at United (or slightly less) and they will of course offer him a starting spot in the Premier League most weeks which is something he hasn’t had this season after starting just nine times in the Premier League since Jose Mourinho arrived.

On the flip side, Rooney is said to have huge financial offers from both the Chinese Super League and Major League Soccer and would he really want to head to the Hammers and play for a team which will finish seventh or maybe eighth in the table at best?

Kudos to West Ham’s owners for obviously having big plans to take them to the next level but many fans would argue that spending the cash they got for Dimitri Payet would be better spent elsewhere, especially in defense and on a more prolific striker. On paper, Rooney slotting into that No. 10 role behind Andy Carroll and Andre Ayew would make some sense, especially as Manuel Lanzini‘s displays have been up and down this season.

Still, you have to think that United and England’s all-time leading goalscorer will have slightly more attractive offers on the table from overseas. If he wants to remain in the Premier League and not warm his backside on United’s bench for most of next season, West Ham could be his best option but then Everton is lingering in the background with its arm raised.

Rooney’s boyhood club have shown a real appetite to bring him back to Goodison Park for the final years of his career and if the Toffees offload Ross Barkley then the return of the prodigal son would be seen as not only a move for a position they need filling but also a huge commercial success.

For me, if Rooney leaves United for another Premier League team then Everton would be his best option.

Especially as they’d likely play him in his preferred role behind a striker and he’d love to get one more full season in the Premier League under his belt so he can lead England at the 2018 World Cup and then call it quits on the international stage. Wherever Rooney ends up, he has to be playing regularly.

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.”