Rodolfo Zelaya + Houston Dynamo = a fab fit

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Yesterday we asked the question about whether MLS fans want to see Salvadoran livewire forward Rodolfo Zelaya on their team? He’ll soon be out of contract and seems intrigued by MLS interest.

MLSSoccer.com asked the question today about which club looks like the best fit?

Is this really a discussion?

Two clubs come immediately to mind. As only one of them is in the 2013 playoff hunt, and as Zelaya is probably someone who could be imported for a reasonable price this summer, this looks like a no-brainer.

D.C. United is a team in desperate need of a striker. Then again, United needs so, so much. And there is zero chance the once-proud team is going to the playoffs. (OK, not “zero” mathematically, but you get it.)

Meanwhile, there’s Houston.

Like United, Zelaya could potentially drum up support in the areas’ substantial Salvadoran communities. So, check the box under “good at the gate.”

More importantly to the Ws and the Ls, Zelaya could supply goals. Again, like United, Houston desperately needs more of them.

But unlike United, Houston could put those goals to immediate good use. The Dynamo has the league’s deepest midfield (or, the deepest this side of Real Salt Lake, at very least.) The back line is strong at BBVA Compass Stadium and Tally Hall has the goalkeeping covered.

But the striker situation looks quite barren at the moment. No Dynamo striker has struck in an MLS match since Will Bruin put two past woeful United back in early May. That’s 10 games back … and that is a lot of “back.”

Goals by midfielders Ricardo Clark and Adam Moffat have helped Dominic Kinnear’s team dig up a couple of sorely needed wins lately. Meanwhile, Andrew Driver and Oscar Boniek Garcia are creating from the wide areas. Brad Davis will rotate in to provide some rest and additional options when he gets healthy and fit again. (And that looks quite close now.)

But the Dynamo cannot be a championship threat until Bruin gets his scoring act together, or until Omar Cummings demonstrates a reliable ability to contribute once again.

Or … until perhaps the Dynamo can chase down, chat with, negotiate out and sign up Zelaya.

How good would he look getting on the end of all that impending service from Driver, Garcia, etc.?

Neymar appears in good shape after Brazil training week

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TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) Neymar has finished his first full week of training with Brazil in apparent good shape ahead of the upcoming World Cup after foot surgery.

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The striker continued his recovery Saturday in Brazil’s last training session on home soil before setting camp in London on Monday.

Brazilian football confederation footage shows Neymar passing and dribbling at high speed in training that was closed to the media.

The Brazilian has been recovering from right foot surgery in March.

Brazil players will be off duty until Sunday morning. They travel to London hours later.

Heartbroken Karius issues apology to Liverpool

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Liverpool’s disappointing result in Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final can be chalked up to many factors, but all anyone will ever remember is Loris Karius‘ performance… and the goalkeeper knows it.

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Karius issued this series of tweets on Sunday, declaring his disappointment from the team’s 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid, as well as an apology to the supporters and his entire club.

Of the two errors Karius made, the Real Madrid equalizer from Karim Benzema was certainly the more glaring.

After receiving the ball on a routine grab, Karius rushed his distribution from goal while Benzema read the play perfectly and stepped in front of the throw to get a foot on the ball.

The ball then deflected into the back of the Liverpool net, and changed the complexion of the match drastically.

While Karius’ mistakes cannot, and won’t, go unnoticed, the Reds were still reeling from Mohamed Salah‘s gruesome shoulder injury in the first half — which leaves the Egypt international’s availability uncertain for the summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Rotherham gains promotion to Championship

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After one season down in League One, the Millers are returning to the Sky Bet Championship in 2018/19.

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Rotherham United defeated Shrewsbury Town, 2-1, in extra time on Sunday at Wembley Stadium to reach the Championship.

Regulation wasn’t enough to decide the League One playoff final, but Richard Wood brace ensured his side, Rotherham, would reach the English second division ahead of the 2018/19 season.

Wood did superbly to volley home his squad’s second goal in the first half of extra time, after a brilliant Joe Newell set piece curled into the path of the defender.

Shrewsbury equalized around the hour mark when Alex Rodman calmly placed the ball beyond goalkeeper Marek Rodak from close ranger after a perfectly-executed set piece that caught the Millers off guard.

The first half went largely in favor Rotherham though, having taken the lead in the 32nd minute through Wood’s header to the bottom left corner.

The lead should have been larger though heading into halftime, but David Ball’s early penalty kick was saved by Shrews keeper Dean Henderson in the ninth minute to keep the match scoreless at the time.

Transfer rumor roundup: Man United plans Joe Hart move and more

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Pro Soccer Talk takes a glance at some of the biggest transfer rumors on Sunday…

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We start in Manchester, where the Red Devils are reportedly interested in raiding their cross-town rivals for a back-up goalkeeper.

Man United is said to have interest in Manchester City’s Joe Hart, who missed out on being called up to England for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Hart has spent the last two seasons on loan from the Citizens, spending 2016/17 in Serie A with Torino and this past season with West Ham United.


Sticking with United, the Red Devils are preparing a new contract for Anthony Martial, according to the Sun.

Martial has become a regular for United since joining from Monaco in 2015, scoring 36 goals in all competitions.


Finally, Danny Rose could be making a Merseyside move if Everton has it their way.

The Toffees are eyeing up the Tottenham left back, although Manchester United has also expressed its interest in the England international.

Rose missed a significant portion of the 2017/18 season due to a knee injury, and the 27-year-old could be on the move this summer despite spending the last 11 seasons in London with Spurs.