News Roundup

Wednesday Roundup — July 11, 2018

News Roundups are posted every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning with quick hits on what you may have missed and what is still to come in The Beautiful Game.

Here’s what you may have missed and what is still developing. And, as always, here’s to helping bring you, the Fan, up to speed and Ahead of the Game. 

Philadelphia Union

Trusty, McKenzie “Speak Out” 

Budding Philadelphia Union defenders Auston Trusty and Mark McKenzie are developing quite a solid partnership on the field, with the duo logging more than 2,500 minutes so far this season.

It is fair to say Trusty and McKenzie are forming a pretty nice friendship off the field, too, but don’t take our word for it. Just see — and laugh at — the latest episode in the Philadelphia Union digital series, “Auston and Mark Try Things,” for yourself.

Major League Soccer

Exclusive: Interview With Wayne Rooney

On Tuesday, D.C. United’s big, summer signing, Wayne Rooney, sat down for an exclusive interview with former Houston Dynamo forward and current Major League Soccer pundit Calen Carr.

In the interview, Rooney, 32, discusses his move away from Everton and the English Premier League to United and MLS, the opening of Audi Field as well as his expectations and aspirations for his new club.

Check it.

US Soccer

Wood Loaned to Hannover 97

United States Men’s National Team forward Bobby Wood asked, and received, a move away from 2. Bundesliga side Hamburger SV.

On Tuesday, Wood, 25, was loaned to Hannover 97 of the Bundesliga, with an option for the German club to purchase the American. Wood will remain in the Bundesliga, the league that the American has played in since 2007.

Hannover, who finished 13th in the league last campaign, was not the only club that pursued Wood’s signature. Ukrainian outfit Dynamo Kiev were also reportedly interested in the American international’s services.

Wood scored just seven goals in 52 appearances during his time with Hamburg, but Hannover Sporting Director Horst Heldt is confident that the forward can regain his form.

“He went through a difficult period recently, but not long ago half the league was chasing him,” Heldt said, before adding that he believes Wood is a player with a high ceiling.

Palmer-Brown Loaned to NAC Breda 

Wood was not the only American to be sent out on loan on Tuesday.

Manchester City prospect and United States Youth National Team captain Erik  Palmer-Brown was shown the door at The Etihad Stadium, moving to Dutch Eredivisie side NAC Breda on a season-long loan.

Palmer-Brown, 21, spent last season with Belgian outfit Kortrijk in the Belgian First Division A, following his transfer to Manchester from MLS side Sporting Kansas City. EPB featured nine times for the Belgian side, logging more than 600 minutes.

World Cup

France Defeats Belgium 1-0, Faces Winner of England, Croatia

France became the first nation to advance to the World Cup Final in Moscow, defeating the highly-touted Golden Generation of Belgium 1-0, on a Samuel Umtiti header.

Les Bleus will play either England or Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium for the Jules Rimet Trophy on Saturday, July 15. France will be playing for its second World Cup title, 20 years after hosting and winning its first.

Kick off between The Three Lions and The Vatreni is slated for today at 2:00 PM EST, with the match broadcasted on Fox Sports, FuboTV and oodles of illegal live streams on sites like Reddit.

Global

Ronaldo Joins Juventus

On Tuesday, Cristiano Ronaldo and Spanish giants Real Madrid parted ways after a honeymoon that lasted nine years and a more recent rift with Madrid president Florentino Perez.

Ronaldo, 33, signed for Italian champions Juventus after the Turin club agreed to a league record transfer fee of €100 million (approximately $117 million) with Los Blancos.

Sources close to ESPN’s Gabriele Marcotti confirmed that Madrid were willing to match Juve’s gross salary offer of around €55 million annually (approximately $64.5 million), but Ronaldo still opted to leave the Bernabéu Stadium, reportedly taking a pay cut of more than $10 million.

Madrid paid homage to Ronaldo with a touching tribute video released shortly after the announcement of the Portuguese star’s transfer. No, we’re not crying, you’re crying.

Thanks for reading Wednesday’s News Roundup. Check back here, on Friday morning, for the latest happening in The Beautiful Game. Until then, Cheers.