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Kick Off: Wayne Rooney to D.C. official | Mauro Diaz linked to FCD exit

Here is everything you need to know about MLS and North American soccer this morning:

It’s Official: Rooney to D.C.

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Photo courtesy dcunited.com

It’s official: Wayne Rooney will be suiting up in Black-and-Red. D.C. United announced on Thursday they have signed the English star to a Designated Player contract. READ MORE | WIEBE ANALYSIS

Report: Diaz headed for FC Dallas exit?

Mere days after waving goodbye to left back Anton Nedyalkov in a surprise transfer, FC Dallas may be set for another abrupt departure. Paul Tenorio of The Athletic reports that playmaker Mauro Diaz appears on the verge of a move to United Arab Emirates power Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai FC. READ MORE

Twellman: Porter spurned OCSC job offer

According to ESPN’s Taylor Twellman, free agent coach Caleb Porter has turned down the chance to take over at Orlando City. The Lions have been led by caretaker boss Bobby Murphy since letting Jason Kreis go two weeks ago. READ MORE

Wondo called Hoesen’s Golden Boot shot

Though his team is struggling, San Jose forward Danny Hoesen has emerged as a legit MLS Golden Boot contender by bagging eight goals in their last 10 games. Some may be surprised at this development, but Quakes star Chris Wondolowski is certainly not in that crowd. READ MORE

Report: Loons rejected Ramirez bid

Metro scribe Kristian Dyer reported on Wednesday that Minnesota United recently knocked back a Pachuca offer for striker Christian Ramirez. He added the overtures may not end there, with other Liga MX sides and some in Europe still hovering around the 27-year-old. READ MORE

RSL approaching Waibel crossroad

Sam Stejskal has noted that Real Salt Lake have a big decision coming on the horizon. The club have yet to begin extension talks with general manager Craig Waibel, whose pact expires at season’s end. READ MORE

World Cup: Waston strikes! Vela, Svensson advance

After watching their first two World Cup matches from the bench, Vancouver captain Kendall Waston got the call in their group stage closer against Switzerland and responded by heading home to start a rally for the 2-2 draw that ended their disappointing Russian odyssey on a positive note. READ MORE | MLSERS ADVANCE

Atlanta’s MLS All-Star Game festivities

A full slate of activities has been announced for the lead up to the 2018 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target. Fans will have a variety of events to attend in Atlanta over the five days prior to the August 1 match against Serie A champs Juventus. READ MORE

MLSsoccer.com Must-Watch

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Andrew Wiebe joins Susannah Collins on This Week In MLS

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