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D.C. United trades for prolific scorer

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D.C. United trades for prolific scorer

In a trade to boost the team's offense D.C. United has acquired forward Álvaro Saborío from Real Salt Lake in exchange for forward Luis Silva, the team announced Thursday.

Saborío, 33, is the all-time leading scorer of Real Salt Lake and eighth leading scorer among active MLS players. In six MLS seasons, the Costa Rican forward has 63 goals and 13 assists and has scored at least 11 goals in four-consecutive seasons from 2010-13. A broken foot limited him to eight goals last season, two shy of reaching double-digits for a fifth-straight year -- something only three other players have accomplished in MLS history. He has three goals this season.

“Saborío has been a proven goal scorer throughout his career, especially in Major League Soccer,” D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper said in a release on the team's website. “He’s a true No. 9 that will provide an immediate spark to our offense.”

The trade sends the 26-year-old Silva out west as both team and player look to salvage their 2015 season. Silva has only one goal this season in 14 appearances. In his D.C. United career, he tallied 15 goals in 54 games since being acquired in 2013 from Toronto FC in exchange for allocation money.

“We would like to thank Luis for his contributions to our club, and we wish him the best for future success,” Kasper said.

Saborío also has 35 goals in 102 international appearances and is currently playing in his fourth CONCACAF Gold Cup for Costa Rica. He will join D.C. United following the tournament.

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Megan Rapinoe likely won't be coming to DC if USWNT wins World Cup

Megan Rapinoe likely won't be coming to DC if USWNT wins World Cup

Megan Rapinoe is one of the United States Women's National Team's biggest stars, and her two goals against Spain in the Round of 16 propelled the United States into the quarterfinals of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Rapinoe, who sports the captain armband for the stars and stripes, is also one of the most outspoken players on the team. When asked by a reporter from the magazine Eight By Eight in a story published earlier this month if the team would visit the White House if the United States came home from France victorious, her response was simple and direct.

"Psssh, I'm not going to the f*****g White House," she said. "No. I'm not going to the White House. We're not gonna be invited. I doubt it."

Rapinoe's comments caught the attention of President Donald Trump after the magazine posted a short clip of the interview to Twitter on Tuesday. Trump responded with his own tweets:

Rapinoe has a history of speaking out about injustices she sees in this country. A few years ago, she followed former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick's lead by kneeling for the National Anthem before matches. 

“Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties,” Rapinoe told American Soccer Now's John D. Halloran on why she took a knee. “It was something small that I could do and something that I plan to keep doing in the future and hopefully spark some meaningful conversation around it.”

Rapinoe has stood for the National Anthem during the World Cup - US Soccer now requires it - but found a new way to protest. While her teammates have had their right hand over their hearts and sung the Star Spangled Banner, Rapinoe has stood still with her lips sealed and hands by her sides.

This also caught the attention of Trump, who called Rapinoe's actions "inappropriate." 

The United States Women's National Team is back in action on Friday, as they face the host nation France. 

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Premier League Roundup: Chicharito wants out of West Ham, in talks with MLS

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Premier League Roundup: Chicharito wants out of West Ham, in talks with MLS

Just one week after Phil Jagielka informed Everton management that he had just captained his last season for the Toffees, West Ham forward Chicharito has confirmed to Sky Sports that he intends to leave the Irons this summer. 

Here's the latest Premier League news: 

Player Notes

Brighton and Hove Albion: 22 year-old centerback Matt Clarke has officially signed a 4-year, €3.5 deal with Brighton. This is the first signing of manager Graham Potter's tenure with the Seagulls. 

Burnley: Everton and Newcastle have joined a number of top-flight Premier League clubs expressing interest in the Claret's 19 year-old forward, Dwight McNeil

Everton: In wake of the news regarding Jagielka and center-mate Ashley Williams' desires to transfer, the Toffees have joined the bidding war for Bristol City defender Adam Webster

Newcastle: Manager Rafael Benitez plans to leave the club when his contract expires June 30th, ending a three-year tenure in St. James Park. 

West Ham United: In the midst of his quest for a second Gold Cup title, Javier Hernandez and West Ham United have reportedly come to a mutual agreement that the forward should leave this summer with a year still left on his contract. The decision comes on the heels of West Ham signing forward Maxi Gomez from Celta Vigo, putting the Mexican's playing time in jeopardy. Chicharito's agent is rumored to be in talks with MLS clubs as potential destinations. 

Source: Rotoworld

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