Colorado’s new DP: Is Kevin Doyle the next MLS star, or a dicey big-dollar risk?

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The Colorado Rapids are hoping it’s easier to score in Major League Soccer than it is in the English Championship, and that’s quite a risk.

New Designated Player and Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle, 31, is Stateside, having scored a total of six goals in the past two seasons across three English clubs.

For those who draw the conclusion that MLS is a significant step down from England’s top few tiers — aside from the Premier League, I find that foolish — signing Doyle should be no concern for the Rapids. They’ve captured an international who’s played in the Premier League recently, so good stuff.

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But for those with a more discerning eye, concern is right around the corner. Prolific in the Championship, Doyle moved to Wolverhampton in 2009. He put a respectable 18 goals in three Premier League seasons for Wolves, but then the goals dropped off significantly.

Since 2013, here are his numbers:

Wolves (League One, 2013/14) — three goals in 25 matches
QPR (Championship, 2013/14) — two goals in 12 matches
Wolves (Championship, 2014/15) — no goals in six matches
Crystal Palace (Premier League, 2014/15) — one goal in five matches

While he hasn’t been the focal point or played as consistently as you’d like, those numbers should be disconcerting. Back when the league was viewed as a retirement home for international veterans — whether you agreed with that or not — maybe Doyle’s a DP.

And this isn’t to say he won’t reap the rewards of playing with Dillon Powers and company, but it’s a bit of a head scratcher. Yes, Doyle’s Ireland pal Robbie Keane has a similar game and has succeeded, but Doyle’s never been Keane’s peer as a dominant striker on the highest stake.

What say you? Will Doyle make it work in MLS, or is he not quite DP material?

Must-See Goal: Jozy Altidore puts USMNT in front with Bicycle Kick

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Jozy Altidore put his stamp on the game and gave U.S. Men’s National Team coach Gregg Berhalter more to speak about with one fell swing.

Altidore finished off a corner kick in spectacular fashion, executing a perfect bicycle kick to put the USMNT up 1-0 in the 66th minute. The goal came one minute after the entrance of Christian Pulisic, which perhaps was on the mind of the Panama defense.

It was Altidore’s second-straight game vs. Panama with a goal. His last two were in October 2017, when the U.S. pummeled Panama, 4-0. Of course, a few days later, a tired USMNT failed to win at Trinidad and Tobago.

FOLLOW LIVE, Gold Cup: USMNT closes out group v. Panama

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It’s a fully-changed starting XI for the U.S. Men’s National Team as it closes out the group stage against Panama at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Omar Gonzalez and Matt Miazga start together in the backline, Jozy Altidore returns to the starting lineup up top, and Jordan Morris and Jonathan Lewis feature on the wings alongside Altidore. Ten of the 11 players now ply their trade in MLS, including the Gonzalez, who recently moved to Toronto FC.

[ FOLLOW LIVE: USMNT takes on Panama in Kansas City]

Hit the link above to follow along for the next two hours, and check back on PST for a full recap and in-depth analysis after the final whistle.

Must-See Goal: Wayne Rooney v. Orlando City

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I’m going to go out on a limb and say it. Wayne Rooney just scored the most amazing goal in Audi Field’s young history.

In the 10th minute of D.C. United’s match against Orlando City SC on Wednesday evening, Rooney noticed Orlando’s Brian Rowe straying way off his line. And so, with an audacious but accurate attempt, Rooney let fly from 65 yards and SCORED. Just check this goal out below.


Rooney took advantage of a crazy bounce and with his literal first touch, unleashed a thunderbolt that Rowe couldn’t catch up to. It automatically becomes one of the top contenders for the MLS Goal of the Year, and should make it on every top ten countdown this evening and tomorrow.

Benfica: Atletico Madrid make $143 million bid for Felix

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The legend of Joao Felix appears to have reached full market value potential.

The 19-year-old Portuguese striker is coming off a breakout year for Benfica, and now the Portuguese giants have received an impressive $143 million offer from Atletico Madrid for Felix. The club confirmed the offer in a statement on its website, stating it was analyzing the deal. Felix has a $136.5 million release clause in his contract, but it appears the additional $7 million is in processing costs.

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Felix was outstanding at Benfica last year, scoring 15 goals with seven assists in 26 league games and three goals and one assist in five Europa League game. Felix has already made his international debut for Portugal.

If confirmed, Felix would become the fifth-most expensive transfer in world history, and the second-most expensive transfer for a teenager behind Kylian Mbappe.