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28th Jun 2018

Wayne Rooney announced as a D.C. United player

Rooney's debut is expected to be next month

Simon Lloyd


Wayne Rooney has been confirmed as a D.C. United player. The former England captain has left Everton for a second time, a year after sealing a return to his boyhood club from Manchester United.

The announcement came after a tweet from Rooney which revealed he was on his way to the United States, with reports also claiming he was set to finalise the deal to take him to Major League Soccer imminently.

A video posted to D.C. United’s official Twitter page later showed Rooney in the team’s kit for the first time, also revealing he has been given the number nine shirt. Although he wore the number nine for England, this will be the first time he has worn it in club football.

 “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.

“Moving to America and MLS fulfils 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.”

Rooney joins former Manchester United teammates Bastian Schweinsteiger (Chicago Fire) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Los Angeles Galaxy) in MLS. He’s expected to make his debut for the club at Audi Field on July 14, when they play the Vancouver Whitecaps.