The news is official, Manchester United Legend and ex–Everton striker – Wayne Rooney – has completed his transfer from Everton FC to D.C. United. it has been 12 days since the striker arrived in the US and has been training with the team since Friday.
The news was not a shock as talk of transfer was fueled by his ex-teammates from Everton and the transfer happened very quickly. Wayne Rooney is the top scorer for his country England, and the top scorer for his club Manchester United also. He brings in a completely new dimension to D.C. United’s attack and will be a great asset to them in the coming season.
“We got him to be a soccer player and to elevate us on the field,” United Coach Ben Olsen said after Friday’s practice. “By looking at the training today, he’s going to do that. I don’t know why that would be a surprise to anyone. He’s an elite soccer player.”
Both the Premier League and MLS are physical, Olsen said, adding that he doesn’t expect Rooney to have any issues adjusting the style of play. However, there will be a few new elements to get used to, such as longer travel distances, which Rooney won’t fully experience until next year thanks to D.C.’s backloaded home slate, and the summer heat.
Rooney knocked off suggestions that he made this transfer to make life easy for him after a long and illusturious career in the Premier League.
“I’m not here to see out the last few years of my career, I’m here to compete, I’m here to win and that’s the way I’ve always played and will always play,” he said at his official club unveiling in Washington DC.
Some fans believed that Wayne Rooney still had a lot to offer to his country and the Premier League, but it is obvious that Wayne Rooney had a different adventure in his mind.
Wayne featured for England in 5 Major Tournaments and was capped 119 for his country, scoring 53 goals in the process. Wayne is a great attacking threat and also a good header of the ball. He scored 10 goals in the last season with Everton.
Fans of D.C. United and MLS are excited for his debut and he will wear the No.9 jersey for them, unlike the typical No.10 that he wore for Manchester United and England.
Wayne Rooney will make his debut for D.C. United when they host their first game in their new stadium, Audi Field, on July 14, against Vancouver.