Wayne Rooney seals DC United switch

After months of speculation, DC United has completed the signing of former Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney.

Published : Jun 28, 2018 20:28 IST

Wayne Rooney has completed his move from Everton to D.C. United in MLS. The former England captain departs Goodison Park after just a season back at his boyhood club, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract with DC.

Rooney has long been linked with a switch to MLS and reports emerged late on Wednesday that he had agreed to sign for D.C.


Rooney will occupy a designated player spot on D.C.'s roster, to which he will be officially added to when the international transfer window opens on July 10.

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"It is fantastic to be joining D.C. United at such an exciting time in the club’s history with the new stadium opening in just a few weeks," Rooney said in a release.

"Moving to America and MLS fulfills another career ambition for me. I have the hunger to be a success here and will give D.C. 100 percent — as I have always done for every team I have ever played for."

"When I visited earlier this summer I was really impressed with everyone I met connected with the club, and of course the new Audi Field. Now, I can’t wait to get on the pitch in a United shirt and join my new teammates to bring success to this club."

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A distinguished career in the Premier League saw Rooney become Manchester United's all-time record goalscorer between two spells with Everton, while he is also England's top marksman in international football.

Rooney joins a D.C. side currently toiling at the bottom of the Eastern Conference in the MLS ahead of the opening of its new Audi Field Stadium on July 14.

“This is a seminal moment for our fans and organization. Wayne is a global soccer icon and his presence at D.C. United will elevate our product on the pitch and soccer as a whole in our city and in this country,” Jason Levien, United managing general partner and CEO, said in a release.

“Wayne has thrived when competing at the most elite levels of soccer and we’re thrilled to have his leadership as we enter this new era at Audi Field.”


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