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Transfer rumor roundup: Man City want Wilshere; Rose, Walker in demand

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Jack Wilshere‘s name is at the center of a great deal of transfer speculation these days, with Everton reportedly keen on signing the 25-year-old Arsenal midfield in the summer — his current contract has just 18 months remaining — and now, Manchester City are reportedly also interested. Considering the state of Pep Guardiola‘s midfield ranks, a massive overhaul is in order this summer, regardless.

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Far and away the best pair of full backs on any side in the Premier League, it’s somewhat astonishing that Tottenham Hotspur — sellers as they’re known — weren’t robbed of Danny Rose and Kyle Walker in the summer. They’ve reached new heights thus far in the 2016-17 season, which has the Spurs duo reportedly at the top of Jose Mourinho’s wish list. Man United, winners of six straight and unbeaten in 11 games, now find themselves just three points back of Man City in the race for a top-four finish. The Special One needs a special pair of full backs to make the next step. Each of Rose and Walker recently signed a new long-term contract to remain at Spurs for the foreseeable future, which would translate to a massive transfer fee.

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The Morgan Schneiderlin saga continues, as Man United and Everton reportedly engaged in serious negotiations over the weekend. Progress is said to have been made, though the clubs were likely more than $10 million apart at the beginning, so don’t expect a final resolution to this one anytime soon. West Bromwich Albion also reportedly had a bid for the 27-year-old rejected.

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Philippe Coutinho may head to Barcelona for $73 million, but it’ll only happen over Jurgen Klopp’s dead body.

Ivan Rakitic will sign new contract at Barcelona, and Man City can keep on dreaming, according to Luis Enrique.

Joe Hart is expected to return to the PL at the end of his current loan to Torino, and Slaven Bilic will gladly have him at the London Stadium, assuming he’s still the man in charge at West Ham.

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.