Lunch Links: Rodriguez Over Morris, Davies Scores For Bayern Munich

Rooney On RSL Game: 'We Were Clinical'

D.C. United dismantled a pretty decent Real Salt Lake team on Saturday night behind Wayne Rooney's first hat trick since moving stateside. Lots of other stuff happened in the MLS over the weekend, but nothing was better than Lucas "Titi" Rodriguez's volley. I promise you that. 

D.C. United Owns Real Salt Lake | Recap & Video Round-Up

1. Right here on FloFC: Lots of recap action from the weekend's game. 

Watch the full replay if you want. Watch the condensed replay. Watch interviews with Rooney, Steve Birnbaum, Russell Canouse, and Paul Arriola. Watch Rooney play basketball (Earl Edwards Jr. is actually pretty good.) Watch Luciano Acosta and Junior Moreno play a game in the locker room.

2.. He said it: Head coach Mike Petke of Real Salt Lake had this to say after his team's 5-0 loss to the Black-and-Red.

“I hope these guys go out. I never say this to my players. I don’t encourage it. But I hope they go out and have a drink tonight together as a group, you know? The old drown-your-sorrows-in-a-beer type thing. And then wake up tomorrow, and let’s get back to Salt Lake and let’s get ready for definitely an even tougher situation next weekend.”

Good on him! Via MLS

3. Vote for the MLS Goal of the Week. Look, I'm as happy as anybody about the return of Jordan Morris to the Seattle Sounders, and he scored a nice little goal against the Chicago Fire over the weekend. But was that goal sexier than Titi's golazo volley off a Rooney corner kick? No way! Please go vote for Titi.

Concacaf Nations League Approaches

4. The international break is upon us, but don't despair: The Concacaf Nations League is airing right here on FloFC for U.S. viewers. There's a very tasty Jamaica-El Salvador matchup on Saturday, some Alphonso Davies action, and a lot more. Check out our event page for all the games on the slate.

5. More Nations League, specifically the Canadian national team: Jonathan Osorio is pretty psyched about the talent they're developing up north, including but not limited to Davies. Via Toronto Sun.

Canada play on March 26.

6. Speaking of Davies . . . he scored his first goal for Bayern Munich over the weekend: 

Extras: Italian Analysis, MLS Bits & Pieces

7. One of my favorite dudes, Cheuk Hei Ho took a deep, deep dive into AC Milan's hopeful rise. This one is worth a perusal whether or not you're a Serie A fan. Via FloFC.

8. Here's a cool profile from Jon Arnold — who will be covering the Concacaf Nations League for FloFC — on the consistent, extremely solid Matt Hedges. Via SportsDay.

9. Kendall Waston is the man. He scored FC Cincinnati's first home goal in the MLS — the first of three goals in a stunning shutout of Portland — and then he celebrated with, um, a very amazing celebration that you can see for yourself:

He credits his clearly genius son for the move:

Over and out.

D.C. United Put Road Record To The Test With Trip To Minnesota United

Beware the loon. 

Atalanta Beats Fiorentina 5-4 On Aggregate To Advance To Coppa Italia Final

Bergamo was rocking.

Lazio Fan Behavior Overshadows Inspired 2nd Half At San Siro In Coppa Semis

Here we go again.

Set Pieces Make the Difference For D.C. United Once Again In Columbus Win

D.C. United once again won on the road, this time defeating the Columbus Crew 1-0 at MAPFRE Stadium on Wednesday evening. Wayne Rooney smashed in a free kick for his fifth goal of the season and United stood tall defensively to preserve the shutout. The win was the Black-and-Red's first in Columbus since August 2007, ending an 11-game winless streak in the Ohio capital.

Roma's Spine In Need Of Summer Repair After Possible Champions League Miss

Rumors continue to swirl concerning who will step in to help rebuild at AS Roma following the departures of Eusebio Di Francesco and Monchi. The Capital Club are in the midst of a battle for Champions League play next year with no room for error in the remaining five matches. They currently sit just one point behind Milan and Atalanta, so maximum points and a bit of luck will be needed to achieve their goal for the season.

Montella Leads Fiorentina In Coppa Italia Semi vs High-Powered Atalanta

“The important thing is that we won to stay right up there and we’ll give our best,” Atalanta forward Josip Ilicic revealed to reporters at Sky Italia following his side’s excellent 2-1 win over Napoli on Monday. “It’s good in a way that we started the season badly, because we had time to make up for it and now we want to keep that momentum going to the end.

Wayne Rooney's Free Kick Provides Difference In 1-0 DCU Win Over Crew

D.C. United came into Wednesday's visit to the Columbus Crew having not won in Ohio's capital since 2007. That streak of 11 games without a win ended finally ended at MAPFRE Stadium, with Wayne Rooney's first-half free kick providing the difference in a 1-0 win for the Black-and-Red.

Correa, Lazio Topple AC Milan To Head To Coppa Italia Final On May 15

After the shirt incident, there was bad blood between AC Milan and Lazio. 

D.C. United & Columbus Crew Vie For Top Spot In MLS Eastern Conference

They say that April showers bring May flowers, and D.C United are hoping they can escape the storm in the final week of the month and end a stretch that has put a damper on their bright start to the 2019 season. 

AC Milan, Lazio Square Off In Coppa Italia In Game Filled With Bad Blood

“We are inconsistent, but we go to San Siro to win. We are stronger and, man for man, there is no comparison.”