WASHINGTON- Former England captain and Everton player Wayne Rooney has made a move to Major League Soccer (MLS) after considering the move for a couple of weeks.
The star player signed a permanent transfer with D.C United on a 3 and a half year deal, but the financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but according to Washington Post the deal is worth $13 million.
Rooney said in a statement, “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,”
“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.”
See you at @AudiField. ⚫️🔴
— D.C. United (@dcunited) June 29, 2018
The club was just as delighted, CEO Jason Levien and managing general of D.C United said, “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,”
“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.”
D.C. United are currently last in the Eastern Conference standings with 10 points (2-6-4), although they have played just two of 11 games at home due to construction of the new stadium. Rooney will be placed in the teams permanent rooster but it will depend on his receipt of his international transfer certificate when the international transfer window opens July 10. This will set up an expected debut on July 14at home against Vancouver, the first game at new Audi Field.
He will wear No. 9 after wearing No. 10 for the last 11 seasons in the Premier League.
Excited to be starting the next chapter of my career but just want to thank all the Everton fans for their amazing support last season. It meant a lot 👍💙👏
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) June 28, 2018
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