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Wayne Rooney to DC rumors, 2026 World Cup bid assurances, and more: Freedom Kicks for May 9, 2018

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Wayne Rooney to Audi Field??

Happy Wednesday folks. Yesterday, Wayne Rooney rumors dominated the airwaves, so let’s just start with that:

Report: D.C. United in serious talks with Wayne Rooney | Black & Red United

Yo, I’m kinda here for the wow factor that would result from Wayne Rooney coming to D.C. United. The franchise needs a shot in the arm, and some goals. Can he provide them?

U.S. gives assurances to FIFA over travel for 2026 World Cup | ESPNFC

The United States, Mexico, and Canada presented their 2026 World Cup bid to FIFA and gives assurances that visas would be granted, safety would be paramount, and a huge mountain of money will be earned. Will it be enough to make the difference when they vote on June 13th?

USMNT declining Copa America invite is the right move | Stars & Stripes FC

The USMNT and Mexico declined invites to the 2019 Copa America, and I opine over at Stars & Stripes FC that it’s probably the right call to focus on next summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Gabbiadini goal gives Saints massive survival boost and leaves Swansea in trouble | BBC

A Manolo Gabbiadini goal gave Southampton a much-needed victory over Swansea City, nearly assuring the Swans of safety from relegation, relegating West Bromwich Albion in the process, and putting the Swans on the verge of joining West Brom and Stoke City in the Championship next season.

Atletico Madrid tells Barcelona ‘enough is enough’ over Antoine Griezmann pursuit | ESPNFC

FC Barcelona is trying to acquire Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid this summer, but Atleti has other plans and is telling Barca to keep their hands off the star France international.

Report: Club Brugge interested in American goalkeeper Alex Bono | Stars & Stripes FC

Club Brugge would like to bring another American goalkeeper into their ranks, with Toronto FC keeper Alex Bono a reported target to join Ethan Horvath at the club.

FFA to pursue Andrés Iniesta after reports Australia is his ‘preferred destination’ | The Guardian

Apparently, Andres Iniesta would like to head to the A-League after he leaves Barca this summer. It would be an interesting move for the legendary Barca man.

PSG captain Thiago Silva invites Les Herbiers skipper to lift Coupe de France trophy | OneFootball

A class move from Paris St-Germain’s captain Thiago Silva, who invited the captain of the tiny minnow team that PSG beat to win the Coupe de France onto the podium to lift the trophy with him.

That’s all I got today. What hit your radar?