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Report claims Lazio has interest in USMNT, DC United mid Kitchen

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Could a second American make the journey from Akron to MLS to a first division side in Europe?

Rumors that Perry Kitchen could find his way to Europe are nothing new, as the hard-nosed DC United midfielder has been connected with a move abroad since a trial offer from Anderlecht in 2011.

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And with his current contract moving towards a conclusion, his agent was in the news this Spring with news of interest from abroad. Throw in his age (23), his first two national team caps, and the chance to test himself in a better league, and there’s a recipe for interest.

So here’s an interesting nugget from Black and Red United:

Loosely translated, Lazio may be kicking the tires on Kitchen. Before we get ahead of ourselves too much, the comment was made on Eurosport France, apparently during the broadcast of Sunday’s D.C. United game with the New York Red Bulls. So we’ve got a comment in French, about an American player who’s garnering interest from an Italian team. Got it?

We do, and Lazio does seem the sort of club who could utilize a well-rounded player like Kitchen. It would be also interesting to see how the Serie A side views him in terms of primary position/responsibility. Granted it would take time for him to make his mark, but playing in front of Stefan De Vrij would be a nice bit of growth.

Michael Bradley (Roma, Chievo) and Alexi Lalas (Padova) are the most notable Americans to play in Serie A.

Should this very early days rumor move to fruition — and surely other clubs would be interested in the player — Kitchen would join DeAndre Yedlin, who moved from the Zips to Seattle to Spurs (now on loan to Sunderland) on a similar career arc. Zarek Valentin also moved from Akron to MLS to Norway.

Nagbe next? We kid, we kid, Portland.

USMNT remains perfect, tops Panama to win group (video)

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.