England national team and Everton F.C. striker Wayne Rooney has signed a 3 1/2 year contract with the MLS’s DC United.
This is the beginning of the end of Rooney’s pro-soccer career.
Just as MLB players who go overseas to East Asia, as NHL and NBA players go overseas to Europe, and just as NFL players go to Canada or the Arena Football League, Rooney is coming from across the pond to finish up his soccer career.
David Beckham came over to play in the MLS for the LA Galaxy, and he won an MLS Cup in his final two seasons. He scored 18 goals and 40 assists in 91 starts (98 games).
Wayne Rooney will be 33 this October. Internationally, he scored 53 goals, which is more than anyone else in the England national team’s history. In the Premier League, he scored 208 goals and 103 assists in 491 appearances between Everton and Manchester United. He was a top scorer and player of the year in the Premier League, winner of 5 Premier League championships, won an FA Cup championship, and was a one-time Champions League winner.
Now, the veteran looks to take his talents to the States on what is likely to be the beginning of his farewell tour, as he joins D.C. United.
Currently, D.C. is in last place in the entire MLS. However, they have played fewer matches. D.C. has won 4 MLS Cups, with the last one coming in 2004.