With temperatures pushing above 90 during DC United's game against Orlando on Wednesday, Wayne Rooney saved himself a few steps by scoring a goal - from beyond midfield.
“I thought it was nice and it was special to score the goal this evening. It’s something that I’ve practiced so many times," he said after his team's 1-0 win. " Different managers and teammates are like why are you practicing this, you won’t score from this position, but for nights like tonight that's why I do practice it. It was a good strike and an important goal for us.”
The goal gave United a 1-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the first half - the only one they would need for the win. It was also a fitting moment for the anniversary week of when Rooney signed with the team in 2018.
“It’s been fantastic," he said of his time in the DC. "I’ve enjoyed my time here over the course of the year and there is still a lot more to come. We know we can play better. First half we played well, second half we know we can do better, but the win was the important thing because we haven’t won in a few games in the league. Winning today was the main thing.”
United's back in action on Saturday night against Toronto.
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With less than a month to go until the summer transfer window closes on Aug. 8, Premier League clubs are wheeling and dealing to ship out or bring in talent. Here's the latest Premier League news:
Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs have sold right-back Kieran Trippier to La Liga side Atletico Madrid, the club announced Wednesday. The English defender made 114 appearances for Tottenham in all competitions after joining from Burnley in 2015.
West Ham United: Sebastien Haller has been acquired from Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt in a £45m move. The French striker scored 20 goals last season and replenishes West Ham's attacking options after the departures of Marko Arnautovic, Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez.
Everton: In a surprise move, English midfielder Fabian Delph is joining the Toffees from reigning Premier League champions Manchester City. The 29-year-old signed a three-year deal with Everton which runs through 2022.
Newcastle United: Joselu is heading back to his native Spain, the 29-year-old striker joining La Liga club Alaves for an undisclosed fee. His departure leaves the Magpies thin at forward, top scorers Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon are also leaving the club this summer.
Sheffield United: The Premier League newcomers have signed former Manchester United academy graduate Ravel Morrison on a one-year contract. "Ravel is an undoubted talent, and we are delighted that we have put together a deal that suits all parties," Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder told BBC.
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Barely two weeks removed from their Women's World Cup Championship victory, U.S. Women's National Team youngsters Rose Lavelle and Malory Pugh will return for the Washington Spirits' matchup against the Houston Dash on Saturday, though Lavelle may not play according to the Washington Post's Steven Goff.
Pugh scored once and had one assist in the World Cup, while Lavelle notched three goals, including the game-securing goal in the World Cup final. The pair, along with the rest of the USWNT, partied hard after their gold medal win, but now will rejoin their club team.
Lavelle is still working back from a hamstring injury that almost kept the midfielder out of the World Cup. She is unlikely to play on Saturday, but will be in attendance to greet fans and sign autographs.
Fans can watch the Spirit and the Dash face off Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
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