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BEYOND MIDFIELD — It’s been less than 24 hours since the start of NBA free agency, and the league is already turned upside down.
So to take your mind off the Utah Jazz’s latest additions (hi, Bojan Bogdanovic and Ed Davis), their latest departure (farewell, Derrick Favors) or the biggest headscratchers (Kevin Durant in Brooklyn? Really?), let’s take a look around the wide world of futbol with three of our favorite goals from the past week.
As always, click the video above for all of our favorite Great Clips of the Week. And remember to lace up those boots.
Wayne Rooney from the stripe
Is Major League Soccer still a “retirement league,” or is that just something Euro-snob football fans like to say?
Either way, if European “retirees” are going to score from midfield, we’ll take all of the continent’s senior citizens.
Like, Wayne Rooney, the former England star whose career in the Premier League traversed the roads of Manchester, Liverpool and beyond.
During D.C. United’s midweek match last week against Orlando City, Rooney was spectacular. And then he did the incredible — lobbing a ball from past the midfield line that sailed over Orlando goalkeeper Brian Rowe for a score.
The 70-yard bomb was fabulous. But even more fabulous for Rooney and his team were the three points that, along with a 1-1 draw with Toronto FC, kept United in second place (and just one point behind Philadelphia) in the Eastern Conference.
So put out the notice in every European rest home: if they can score like that, MLS coaches will at least offer a tryout.
Rapi-NO SHE DIDN’T
Speaking of fantastic goals, can we remind you of Megan Rapinoe and her excellence from last week’s 2-1 win by the U.S. women’s national team over the host nation France in the quarterfinals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup?
The goal was fabulous enough. But how about that celebration?
And that’s how the latest trend, Rapinoing, was born on the internet. Projected shelf life: 2.5 times the Floss.
Speaking of mind-bending goals, let’s rewind to Sunday night in Philadelphia.
That’s where the United States got a nervier-than-expected 1-0 win over Curacao in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
But have no fair, U.S. fans; Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie are here.
Watch the dynamic American youngsters with Bundesliga blood combine for a remarkable shot, and the only goal, to send the Stars and Stripes through to the semifinals, where the United States will face Jamaica at 7 p.m Wednesday.