Former Manchester United player Wayne Rooney has joined Major League Soccer side DC United from Everton on a three-and-half-year deal.
Rooney, 32, will wear the No. 9 shirt and make his MLS debut when D.C. plays its first game in its newly constructed stadium, Audi Field, on July 14 against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
“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 in a statement. “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.
“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.”
— D.C. United (@dcunited) June 28, 2018
“Wayne is undoubtedly one of the best players in Premier League history and his goal scoring record for club and country speaks for itself,” D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper said in a statement. “He is a world-class player, and he elevates those around him, both through his work ethic and winning mentality. We are beyond excited to add someone of Rooney’s caliber, and we are thrilled to welcome him to D.C.”
Manager Ben Olsen said Rooney can help the team course-correct.
“He is coming here to win,” Olsen told WTOP. “That was one of the first things that stood out when I first talked to him. He is not coming here to wind down his career but to help us become a team that will contend for a title.”
“From everyone at Everton, we thank Wayne for his service to the club and wish him every success in the next three and a half years with D.C. United,” an Everton statement said.