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Wednesday Kickoff: Rodriguez, Totti and more

Photo by Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports
Photo by Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports

Despite putting on an excellent showing in Tuesday night’s 2-1 win over Paraguay, James Rodriguez’s injured shoulder will still require some attention, while a Roma legend has announced he’ll return for one final season.

The 24-year-old attacker played a full 90 minutes against Paraguay, netting a goal and an assist in the process. However, Rodriguez will still require an operation following the Copa America, according to Colombia coach Jose Pekerman. (REPORT)

Francesco Totti has signed a one-year deal with Roma, which will mark his last season as a professional player. Including the upcoming 2016/17 season, Totti will have played 25 years with the Giallorossi. (REPORT)

Former Nigeria player and coach Stephen Keshi has died at the age of 54 after reportedly suffering cardiac arrest on Wednesday morning. Keshi made 64 caps for the Super Eagles in his career, before managing the team from 2011 to 2015. (REPORT)

Manchester United has completed the signing of 22-year-old Villareal defender Eric Bailly. The young center back said, “It is a dream come true to be joining Manchester United. To play football at the highest level is all I have ever wanted to do.” (REPORT)

Newly-signed Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has said that club head coach Arsene Wenger lured the Swiss international to the Emirates Stadium by saying “Arsenal is like paradise.” (REPORT)

Bayer Leverkusen’s Jonathan Tah has been named the replacement for Antonio Rudiger, who was pulled from Germany’s Euro 2016 roster after tearing his ACL. (REPORT)

Former Werder Bremen goalkeeper Tim Wiese has accepted an invite to train as a professional wrestler with WWE. Wiese officially retired from soccer in 2014, and has been a lifelong fan of wrestling, prompting this decision. (REPORT)


The U.S. Men’s National Team rebounded in a big win against Costa Rica on Tuesday night, capturing a 4-0 victory against Los Ticos and effectively putting the Americans in prime position to advance from Group A. (REPORT) 

U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati hinted that presidential candidate Donald Trump could affect the country’s opportunity to host future soccer events. (REPORT)

Gulati also shot down reports that have surfaced stating that Copa America and Gold Cup will merge into one competition. (REPORT)

The Houston Dynamo officially named Wade Barrett the club’s interim head coach for the remainder of the 2016 MLS season. (REPORT)

Wilmar Valdez, Uruguay’s FA president, has come out and said that the decision to host Copa America in the U.S. was a mistake. (REPORT)

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