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UCL Wednesday: Man City, Atletico nurse two-goal leads

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Two more tickets will round out the Champions League quarterfinals field on Wednesday, but can the underdogs pull off massive comebacks?

It wouldn’t exactly be Barcelona v. PSG-sized comeback, but Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen each sit with significant hurdles ahead heading into their respective second legs.

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Monaco vs. Manchester City — 3:45 p.m. EDT
Man City leads 5-3 on aggregate

If the second leg is even half as good as when these sides met at the Etihad Stadium, then we’ll certainly be in for another treat.

The Citizens exploded offensively in Manchester, with Sergio Aguero’s brace pacing the Premier League side. However, Monaco doesn’t look to be going away after picking up three crucial away goals.

Radamel Falcao will have to duplicate his first-leg brilliance, but the question is: can the French underdogs pull off the upset?

Atletico Madrid vs. Bayer Leverkusen — 3:45 p.m. EDT
Atletico leads 4-2 on aggregate

Atleti is sitting pretty as this tie shifts to Madrid. Four away goals in the first leg have given Diego Simeone’s side a massive advantage as the clubs come to the Vicente Calderon for the return fixture.

A pair of second-half finishes gave Leverkusen a glimmer of hope, but the Germans will need at least three goals to have the opportunity to reach the last eight.

In simple terms… it won’t be easy.

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.

[FOLLOW LIVE: USMNT v. Panama]

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.