Wednesday Kickoff: Rooney to miss 2-4 weeks, Pachuca ties in CCL and more

Wednesday Kickoff: Rooney to miss 2-4 weeks, Pachuca ties in CCL and more

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Wednesday Kickoff: Rooney to miss 2-4 weeks, Pachuca ties in CCL and more

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Wayne Rooney will miss two to four weeks with an ankle sprain that will force him to miss high-profile matches against Chelsea and Bayern Munich in the coming days.

Rooney injured the ankle very late in Manchester United's 2-1 UEFA Champions League quarterfinal loss to Bayern Munich on Tuesday. He will now miss Saturday's crucial Premier League showdown vs. Chelsea, as well as next week's second-leg quarterfinal match against Bayern Munich at Old Trafford.

Initial reports indicate that Rooney should be fine ahead of this summer's World Cup.

Here are some other stories to get your Wednesday going:

LYON RIPS BORDEAUX

Long-time French power Lyon showed that it can still hold its own on Tuesday, downing reigning French champion Bordeaux, 3-1, in their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal.

Striker Lisandro Lopez and goalkeeper Hugo Loris were the heroes for Lyon, with Lopez scoring two and Loris making a handful of stunning saves to give Lyon a two-goal advantage heading into the second leg at Bordeaux next week.

PACHUCA TIES TOLUCA

Toluca finished its CONCACAF Champions League semifinal first-leg vs. Pachuca with nine men, but still managed to salvage a 1-1 draw after a late equalizer from Edgar Duenas.

Duenas' 75th-minute strike helped cancel out a first-half finish from Dario Cvitanich to send the semifinal series back to Pachuca tied.

U.S. national team midfielder Jose Francisco Torres started and played 68 minutes for Pachuca.

AMERICANS ABROAD UPDATE

Jose Torres wasn't the only American in action Tuesday. Here were some others:

Maurice Edu came on as a halftime sub and played 45 minutes in Rangers' 4-1 loss to St. Johnston.

DaMarcus Beasley did not dress for Rangers.

Jay DeMerit started and played 90 minutes in Watford's 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace.

Kenny Cooper came off the bench and played two minutes in Plymouth Argyle's 0-0 tie vs. Barnsley

USA MOVES UP IN FIFA RANKINGS

The United States moved up two spots to No. 16 in the newest FIFA World Rankings, released on Wednesday.

The United States moved ahead of Mexico, which checked in at No. 17. Spain is still No. 1, with Brazil and the Netherlands holding on to No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

The biggest mover in the top 20 was Australia, which climbed four spots to No. 19. All three of the U.S. national team's World Cup opponents made moves. England nudged up to No. 7, Algeria climbed five places to No. 27, while Slovenia dipped two spots to No. 29.

NEWS & NOTES

San Jose announced its signing of goalkeeper Jon Busch.

Diego Maradona underwent surgery after being bitten in the face by a dog.

Brazilian club Cruzeiro is working on plans for a friendly vs. New England Revolution. A potential friendly at Red Bull Arena is also being discussed.

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What do you think of the above stories? Think Manchester United can still win the Premier League or Champions League now that Rooney could miss a month? Surprised with Lyon's performance? Think Pachuca will win its series for Toluca?

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