The transfer deals continue to trickle through, as more signings were confirmed on Tuesday.
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Here’s a quick look around the league’s at some of the done deals which have been completed.
Bayern Munich have signed Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal from Juventus. Vidal, 28, has arrived for $40 million from the Turin club and has officially signed for the German champions. He will replace Bastian Schweinsteiger in central midfield for the Bavarian club, with Vidal signing a four-year contract and he is said to be earning over $13 million a season at Bayern. The destructive midfielder won four Serie A titles in four seasons with Juve after arriving in Italy from German side Bayer Leverkusen in 2011.
Filipe Luis has returned to Atletico Madrid after just one year at Chelsea. The Brazilian left back, 29, arrived at Stamford Bridge for $22 million last summer, and he has promptly returned to Atletico for around the same amount this summer. Luis made 26 appearances for Chelsea, scoring once, but failed to usurp Cesar Azpilicueta from the left back role in Jose Mourinho’s side.
Aston Villa continue to spend the $60 million they hauled in this summer from the combined sales of Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph, as Tim Sherwood signed Cordoba defender Jose Angel Crespo for around $1 million. The 28-year-old has signed a three-year deal at Villa Park and becomes Villa’s seventh signing of the summer. Crespo, who was relegated from La Liga with Cordoba last season, can play at both left and right back. He joins Micah Richards and Jordan Amavi in a new-look Villa defense.
New boys Watford have signed striker Steven Berghuis from AZ Alkmaar. The Dutch forward becomes the Hornets’ 11th signing of the summer and the 23-year-old has cost over $7 million from AZ. Berghuis has signed a four-year deal with the PL club and can also operate on the wing. He scored 11 times in 22 Eredivisie appearances for AZ last season and also received his first international call-up for the Dutch national team in 2015.
In his first start since the U.S. Men’s National Team’s infamous defeat to Trinidad and Tobago, Jozy Altidore showcased his strength, speed and technical ability to help lead the U.S. to victory.
Altidore’s outstanding bicycle kick goal proved to be the difference in a sometimes dour game as the USMNT topped Panama, 1-0, Wednesday evening at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. The win kept the U.S. perfect through the Gold Cup group stage with no goals allowed, and it has somewhat erased the memory of the USMNT’s horrible run-up to the tournament, with defeats to Jamaica and Venezuela now firmly in the rear-view mirror.
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With the win, both teams head to Philadelphia for the quarterfinals this Sunday. Panama plays the undercard matchup against Jamaica while the USMNT faces Curacao.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.