Monday's soccer news starts with the transfer season beginning to build momentum in Europe. Manchester United will spend big to add Romelo Lukaku from Everton. Lukaku talked to ESPN FC about heading to what he calls "the biggest club in the world."
Chelsea also made noise in the market, adding Antonio Rudiger. That bit of business could be worth as much as $43m for Roma, according to The Guardian's Dominic Fifield.
In a separate move, Wayne Rooney went back to Everton on a free transfer from Manchester United. That tends to downplay the 13 years he spent at Old Trafford, but lots of people in American soccer probably remember those NSCAA convention presentations from Everton academy coaches describing what Rooney means to the club. The NY Times' Rory Smith discusses Rooney's United legacy.
Meanwhile, Manchester United heads to LA as one of the super clubs on tour in the United States. That's also part of the modern transfer season, with clubs making deals while playing games that don't count as much in places anywhere but home.
Also in the soccer news, the USMNT heads into the second match day in Group B in 2nd-place tied with Panama and two points behind group leaders Martinique. American Soccer Now's Brian Sciaretta has his takeaways from the USMNT's draw with Panama. MLSsoccer.com's Arielle Castillo looks to pro wrestling to explain the USMNT at the Gold Cup. SBI Soccer's Ryan Tolmich's take on the game.
The San Diego Union Tribune's Mark Zeigler describes the situation facing Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio, now banned for the Gold Cup. The Washington Post's Steven Goff reports that Nashville's MLS bid is strengthening. Bundesliga Fanatic's Christopher Smith profiles Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.
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