Madrid’s win should end talk of crisis following a poor start to the club’s domestic season. Goals by Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez, Karim Benzema and a Basel own-goal secured the 10-time champions’ victory.
Also fined by the disciplinary committee Tuesday for their roles in this matter were Red Bulls midfielder Roy Miller and United defender Sean Franklin and midfielder Davy Arnaud.
Buoyed by a successful World Cup in Brazil and UEFA President Michel Platini opting not to stand in next year’s election, the 78-year-old Blatter believes he has the backing to win again.
Rolfe was acquired from the Chicago Fire on April 2. He has since appeared in 21 games, including 20 starts, and has six goals and has six assists for United.
Alejandro Bedoya scored in the 39th minute, and a youthful U.S. soccer team started the four-year cycle of preparation for the 2018 World Cup.
United (14-8-4) extended its lead to four points over second-place Sporting Kansas City in the Eastern Conference.
Four-time champion Bayern Munich, Manchester City and CSKA Moscow — who also faced each other last season — are joined by Roma in perhaps the toughest group.
Taking over the leadership of an inexperienced squad that is recovering from the national team’s worst-ever World Cup, Rooney knows the rebuilding process requires unity.
The 32-year-old Alonso has been with Real Madrid since 2009 and won the Champions League with the club in May. Madrid knocked out title holder Bayern in the semifinals.
Los Angeles (12-5-7) won its third straight game for the first time this season, while D.C. United (13-8-4) lost for the first time in three matches.
The 26-year-old Di Maria joined on a five-year contract, taking United’s spending to about 130 million pounds ($215 million) in the summer transfer window as England’s most successful club seeks to revive its fortunes under new manager Louis van Gaal.
Since making his England debut in 1999, the 36-year-old Lampard has scored 29 goals in 106 matches, with his last appearance coming at the World Cup in June.