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Hope Solo guarantees USWNT readiness for knockout rounds

Hope Solo guarantees USWNT readiness for knockout rounds

A late Colombian equalizer saw the U.S. Women's National Team drop points for the first time at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday night, though it was not enough to prevent the U.S. from winning Group G and advancing to the quarterfinals 

After the match, U.S. goalie Hope Solo spoke with CSN's Sebastian Salazar, who is reporting on the USWNT as part of NBC's Olympic coverage. 

Indeed, both Colombian goals came directly off set pieces. The first in the 30th minute, when Catalina Usme's shot trickled between Solo's legs in a rare gaffe for the world-class keeper. 

Usme also scored Colombia's second goal - this one tying the match 2-2 in the game's final moments. 

While the result is by no means crippling to the U.S. campaign for an unprecedented fourth consecutive gold medal, it does raise some questions of the tournament favorite as they head to the knockout rounds. 

According to Solo's postgame interview - one thing that should not be questioned is the U.S. team's readiness for elimination play. 

Solo and her U.S. teammates return to action Friday for a quarterfinal round matchup in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia. 

Wayne Rooney's MLS career ends as United falls in the playoffs

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Wayne Rooney's MLS career ends as United falls in the playoffs

TORONTO -- Jonathan Osorio scored twice, Richie Laryea and Nick DeLeon added two more in a four-goal extra-time outburst and Toronto FC beat D.C. United 5-1 on Saturday night in the first round of the playoffs to end Wayne Rooney's MLS career.

The 33-year-old Rooney is returning to England to join Derby County.

Toronto advanced to play at New York City FC on Wednesday night.

Lucas Rodriguez tied it for D.C. United in the 93rd minute. Toronto then scored in the 93rd, 95th, 103rd and 105th minutes.

Laryea beat Bill Hamid from close range three minutes into extra time after Michael Bradley stole the ball and fed DeLeon. Two minutes later, Drew Moor headed Alejandro Pozuelo's corner into the goal front and Osorio banged it in. Osorio hammered a volley from just inside the penalty box, and DeLeon, a former D.C. United player, made it 5-1 with a swerving shot from distance.

Marky Delgado opened the scoring for Toronto in the 32nd.

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DC United embarks on MLS playoffs with Wayne Rooney’s tenure near its end

DC United embarks on MLS playoffs with Wayne Rooney’s tenure near its end

The MLS playoffs has a new look this year, with all teams now pitted against each other in do-or-die knockout rounds instead of the two-legged conference semifinals and finals format. For fifth-seeded DC United, that means Wayne Rooney could be playing his final MLS match when the postseason kicks off Saturday.

Rooney, who starred for Everton and Manchester United for 16 years before coming to the U.S. ahead of the 2018 season, announced in August that he’ll be going back to England to be a player and assistant coach for second-tier Derby County. He’s led the team in goals each of the past two years, including some highlight-reel strikes from beyond midfield.

DC United finished with 50 points this season, which tied Toronto FC for the fourth-best mark in the Eastern Conference. Toronto took the tiebreaker in the Eastern Conference standings and will host DC United tonight at 6 p.m. for the right to face New York City FC in the conference semifinals Wednesday.

The signing of Rooney and opening of Audi Field in 2018 created a lot of buzz among D.C. fans but the team is still looking to reclaim the success it sustained in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Since winning the MLS title in 2007, DC United has finished with 50+ points just four times.

The team captain’s time in D.C. may be coming to an end sooner than expected, but after being ousted by Columbus Crew SC last postseason in a match that came down to penalty kicks, DC United has one more chance to live up to the hype that came with Rooney’s presence before it’s too late.

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