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D.C. United announced today that the club has acquired forward Chris Rolfe from the Chicago Fire in exchange for allocation money.
D.C. United Acquires Chris Rolfe from Chicago Fire
VANCOUVER, CANADA - JULY 14: Chris Rolfe #17 of Chicago Fire in action during an MLS match agains...

D.C. United announced today that the club has acquired forward Chris Rolfe from the Chicago Fire in exchange for allocation money. Rolfe, 31, has made two appearances this season for the Fire, most recently as a stoppage time substitution in Chicago’s 2-2 draw with D.C. United on March 29.

“Chris brings great technical ability as well as National Team and European experience to our club,” said D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper. “He plays with a high soccer IQ and will give us more options in our attack. As a well-liked and respected veteran in our league, we look forward to him joining the team.”

A versatile and dynamic offensive player, Rolfe has 48 regular season goals and 22 assists over eight seasons in Major League Soccer with the Fire, including being named the team’s most valuable player in 2012. He also has 10 career appearances for the U.S. men’s national team. Rolfe registered career bests with nine goals and eight assists in 2008, when he led Chicago to the MLS Eastern Conference final.

In 2013, Rolfe made 26 starts in 31 matches, scoring four goals and adding one assist. He also started all four of Chicago’s matches in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, tallying three goals and an assist as the Fire reached the competition’s semifinals.

Rolfe returned to Chicago in 2012 and finished the year with eight goals and three assists, leading the Fire to the playoffs for the first time since 2009. Chicago’s playoff absence coincided with Rolfe’s move to Danish Superliga club Aalborg BK, where he played in 32 matches and tallied six goals.

Chosen out of the University of Dayton by the Fire in the third round of the 2005 MLS SuperDraft, Rolfe burst onto the scene with a team-high eight goals – the first rookie to lead the Fire in scoring – and five assists en route to being named a finalist for MLS Rookie of the Year and helping Chicago reach the MLS Eastern Conference final. He scored at least six goals in each of his first five seasons in Major League Soccer.

Source: D.C. United Communications
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M'Baye Niang put the nightmare of the Paris terror attacks firmly behind him with two goals and an assist as AC Milan crushed a sorry Sampdoria 4-1 at the San Siro on Saturday.

Niang admitted last week the events of the past fortnight had left him worried for the safety of family and friends in and around the French capital.

But the 20-year-old from the Paris suburbs produced a confident performance for the Rossoneri, first delivering for Giacomo Bonaventura's opener on 16 minutes and then beating Emiliano Viviano from the spot after the Milan winger had been hauled down in the area seven minutes before the interval.

Niang secured Milan's seventh win of the campaign when he fired under Viviano four minutes after the restart after the 'keeper's fluffed clearance.

When he was replaced by Luiz Adriano 15 minutes from the whistle it took the Brazilian just four minutes to find the net after volleying Alessio Cerci's intelligent cross past Viviano.

The only blot on Milan's copybook was Gianluigi Donnarumma's failure to stop Luis Muriel from the spot after Andrea Pioli had tugged on Eder in the area in the closing minutes.

Milan moved up to fifth place at seven points behind leaders Inter ahead of the remainder of the weekend matches, with Sampdoria's second successive defeat under new coach Vincenzo Montella leaving them 14 points adrift.

"It was an almost perfect performance," said Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, who gave a special mention to Niang.

"He's a big player for us, he was doing really well in pre-season then he got injured. Now he's back in form and he's doing well, but he already showed at Genoa (loan) what he was made of."

For the fifth consecutive match Mihajlovic opted for teenage goalkeeper Donnarumma over the more experienced Diego Lopez but the 16-year-old had to dive low to parry after his messy clearance fell to Roberto 

Soriano 30 yards out in the opening minute.

From then on, it was all Milan with Niang the main protagonist before making way for Adriano on 74 minutes.

Having spent the last half of last season on loan at Genoa, the striker said he in enjoying playing in a pure 

striker's role under Mihajlovic.

"I'm really happy because I've been waiting for this for a longtime, the hard work's paying off and I hope it continues like this," said Niang.

"I played as a centre-forward, the position I prefer and I think that along with our win over Lazio this was our best display this season."

Milan broke the deadlock on 16 minutes with Alessio Cerci, whose eighth minute goal was ruled offside, involved before Niang burst down the right to fire in a weighted delivery that Bonaventura slid in to meet at the back post.

Milan built on their momentum and Niang almost doubled the lead when he collected Juraj Kucka's short delivery on the right to drag his angled shot inches wide of Viviano's far post.

Sampdoria were struggling to find any rhythm and Milan's movement in the final third of the pitch was causing huge problems for the visitors.

Niang left Edgar Barreto behind to burst down the right and fire across the bows, but Bonaventura's first-timer from the six-yard line blasted over.

Samp's only real chance came when Luis Muriel dribbled his way into the area but despite turning Milan's defence his promising strike was blocked by Alessio Romagnoli.

Niang came close twice with flicks that inched wide of Viviano's post just after the restart.

But when the 'keeper fluffed a clearance, Niang collected and strode confidently into the area to fire under his body and secure the second brace of his Serie A career, after hitting a double for Genoa against Verona last season.

A tiring Niang soon made way for Adriano and only four minutes later Cerci was given time and space to the right of the area to pick out the Brazilian with a pinpoint pass which he controlled before firing past a helpless Viviano.

Earlier, Torino moved up to seventh place with a 2-0 home win over Bologna thanks to second-half goals from Andrea Belotti and Giuseppe Vives.