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England star Wayne Rooney signs with D.C. United in MLS

29 June, 2018, 18:49 | Author: Candice Daniels
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Everton icon Wayne Rooney has completed his long-awaited move to the MLS by agreeing a three-and-a-half-year deal with DC United, and Kevin Kilbane has congratulated his former teammate on Twitter.

Wayne Rooney will be confirmed as a DC United player on Thursday, Sky sources understand.

The MLS-transfer window does not open until July, which is just in time for DC United to unveil Audi Field, its new $300-million stadium in Navy Yard, on July 14. The former England captain has left Everton for a second time, a year after sealing a return to his boyhood club from Manchester United.

He is the all-time top scorer for both United and England. I have the hunger to be a success here and will give DC 100% - as I have always done for every team I have ever played for.

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"I think we have got the best young player this country has seen in the past 30 years", said United boss Alex Ferguson on the day he splashed out a then world record fee for a teenager. "There are not a lot of players with Wayne Rooney's profile who would have accepted that type of decision". The club is 2-4-6 and in last place in the Eastern Conference.

Jason Levien, the club's managing general partner and CEO, said of a high-profile arrival: "This is a seminal moment for our fans and organization. We are beyond excited to add someone of Rooney's caliber and we are thrilled to welcome him to D.C".

Whereas Beckham and Ibrahimovic joined the LA Galaxy in their 30s, Rooney chose a team on the East Coast, closer to England.

"He was so powerful I was calling him 'Pitbull.' The power of Wayne Rooney is his mentality and strength and he never stops". "I think it's a great city for him to move to his family and enjoy the time that he's going to be there".

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