Bobby Wood may not be fit enough to feature for the USMNT over the current international break, but the Hamburg forward still has plenty of eyes on him. According to Sport Bild in Germany, Wood, 24, is being monitored by Premier League trio Liverpool, Leicester City and Everton as he continues to impress in the Bundesliga. The Hawaiian born striker has scored nine goals in 23 appearances for the Bundesliga strugglers this season after joining them last summer following impressive displays at the Copa America Centenario for the U.S. Over the past 12 months Wood has become an integral part of the USMNT and his absence for Bruce Arena’s side will be felt in their crucial World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and Panama in the next week.
Pick your least favorite USMNT match of the last half-decade, and chances are Tim Howard either didn’t feature or can’t be blamed. CONCACAF Cup loss to Mexico? On the bench. Gold Cup 2015? He wasn’t in the squad. Meaningful 4-0 losses to Argentina and Costa Rica? No again. So there’s something about having Howard between the sticks for two massive World Cup qualifiers — let alone the returns of Geoff Cameron and Copa America hero Clint Dempsey — that have us breathing easier. Take it, Tim: “The collective inspiration of the group is needed,” he said to USSoccer.com. “We’re in a tough situation, but it’s not doom and gloom. Every time we’ve needed to win a game or muster up a good performance,
Wayne Rooney is expected to go back to Everton, and the move won’t come a moment too soon when it comes to his international future. The Independent reported Tuesday that sources close to both club think a move will happen this summer, with Manchester United possibly waiving a transfer fee and Rooney taking a big pay cut to facilitate the move. It comes on the same day that England coach Gareth Southgate answered a question on Rooney’s future by saying his players need to feature regularly on the big stage for their clubs, and that the nation’s all-time scorer is not immune. In a week in which Jermain Defoe admitted his move to Toronto cost him time with the national team, this is not great news for fans hoping Rooney chooses MLS over Everton, West Ham, and any other European suitor.