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Report: Bobby Wood unlikely to come to MLS this summer

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A U.S. Men’s National Team forward will probably have to wait a bit longer to come to Major League Soccer if that is the path that he chooses.

Reports have recently surfaced linking Bobby Wood to MLS at the conclusion of the Bundesliga season, however, MLSSoccer.com is reporting that a move for the American likely won’t come in 2018.

Wood, who remains under contract for three more seasons at Hamburg, is currently fighting relegation in Germany with his club side.

Hamburg currently sits 17th in the German top flight, eight points buried in the relegation zone with four matches remaining.

The MLSSoccer.com report suggests that MLS clubs aren’t willing to compensate Wood at the current rate of his contract in Germany.

Currently, Wood is making “several million dollars” per season, and even if Hamburg is relegated in 2017/18 Wood’s contract wouldn’t decrease to a number that clubs are comfortable paying.

If Wood was to join MLS, he would be considered a Discovery signing as he is not currently on the MLS player allocation list. The Washington Post previously reported that an MLS club has Wood included on their Discovery list, although the team’s identity isn’t known.

Zlatan: Odds of playing at World Cup “sky high”

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has bagged a pair of match-winning goals since arriving on the shores of Major League Soccer, and is now feeling pretty good about a return to the Swedish national team.

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The 35-year-old striker has not played for Sweden since its group stage exit from EURO 2016.

With 116 caps and 62 goals, the larger than life personality would not just encourage the Swedish team but further stiffen a brutal Group G with Mexico, Germany, and South Korea.

He took a lower than market value contract to join the LA Galaxy, so it would make sense that this was part of the deal.

Usain Bolt will receive another trial at Dortmund

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For many outsiders it’s a dream to play a professional sport, but in Usain Bolt’s case the former world-record sprinter continues his chase to become a successful two-sport athlete.

Bolt’s enthusiasm for soccer has been well-documented throughout his life, and the Jamaican is set for another training stint with German giants Borussia Dortmund as he looks to sign a professional contract following his track career.

The Bundesliga side will host Bolt for three weeks, a significantly longer stay than when Bolt was in Germany for two days last month to train with Dortmund.

“For me, it’s a big deal,” Bolt told the Herald Sun. “Everyone feels like I’m just kidding around, just joking, but I’m serious. I’m actually going back to Dortmund in a couple of weeks to work with them for three more weeks just to assess myself at a better level [and] to see what level I’m at or what I need to do or if I can.

“That’s something I’m focused on doing and I’m looking forward to the challenge because that’s what I want. I want a new challenge in life and that’s my focus.”

After his last trial with Dortmund in March, Bolt graded himself as a “seven out of 10,” suggesting that there was obvious need for improvement in his game.

The 31-year-old did have a notable highlight (below) from the training session though, when he nutmegged a Dortmund player before losing possession.

International friendlies: Isco tortures Argentina; VAR at Wembley

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There were some high-profile friendlies across Europe on Tuesday, with a major Messi-less blowout of Argentina and a VAR-inspired controversy at Wembley Stadium.

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England 1-1 Italy

VAR is in focus after Italy grabbed a late equalizer from the spot following an incident between Burnley’s James Tarkowski and Fiorentina’s Federico Chiesa.

Tarkowski landed on Chiesa’s foot, and the Italian hit the deck. It was a penalty but made far worse by the fact that VAR is what gave the kick and that Chiesa rolled around a bit. Lorenzo Insigne finished his chance.

To be fair, England had gone ahead on a bit of legal trickery, using a quick restart to send Jamie Vardy in on Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Spain 6-1 Argentina

Lionel Messi gets unfair grief from some for his record with Argentina — Messi has played 27 games for Argentina since the start of 2015. They’ve lost three of those, and two were in PKs — and the Atomic Flea’s absence in Spain was glaring for the visitors.

Isco had a hat trick, while Diego Costa, Thiago Alcantara, and Iago Aspas also scored as Spain flummoxed La Albiceleste with the exception of Nicolas Otamendi’s 39th minute goal.

Germany 0-1 Brazil

It’s only a small measure of revenge from 7-0, but Gabriel Jesus‘ goal ended the Germans’ long unbeaten run. Jesus scored a diving header to hand Joachim Low’s side its first loss in 23 matches.

Elsewhere
Russia 1-3 France — RECAP
Switzerland 6-0 Panama
Hungary 0-1 Scotland
Japan 1-2 Ukraine — RECAP
Armenia 0-1 Lithuania

Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer returns to training

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MUNICH (AP) Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer celebrated his 32nd birthday by returning to training for the first time since September.

Bayern says the Germany captain completed two 10-minute running sessions under the guidance of fitness and rehabilitation coach Thomas Wilhelmi.

Neuer hasn’t played since getting another hairline fracture of the metatarsal in his left foot while training, a repeat of the injury he sustained toward the end of last season.

Neuer hopes to return in time to lead defending champion Germany at the World Cup in Russia.

Sven Ulreich has been filling in for Neuer at Bayern, which can clinch its record-extending sixth consecutive Bundesliga title on Saturday with a win over Borussia Dortmund if Schalke drops points at home against Freiburg.