Wayne Rooney he left an important mark on the capital of the United States of America. The 36-year-old Englishman, his team’s top scorer and one of the best figures in the Premier League for the past two decades, arrived in Washington DC in 2018 to be part of an interesting project with the United DCand despite advancing to the playoffs twice, they were eliminated in the first round.
However, Rooney raised a standing ovation at the Audi Field debut and left fond memories of it. The great duo he did with Argentina Luciano Acosta (today at Cincinnati FC), the fans were filled with excitement. Not to mention the most famous play in recent years in the league: epic comeback against Orlando City with the help of a hero precisely to win number 10 3-2.
The romance lasted only 18 months. The attack went back to England to play the Championship (second division) with the Derby County, the team where he retired in 2021 and once took the reins of the bench, but without positive result, they lost the category in 21-22 and now they will play from the next campaign in third place.
Fined 21 points for not complying with the fair play financial crisis in England the cost of the club historical decline, as This will be the first time to win the Premier League twiceplay in that category.
Now out of contract, Rooney aims to be a flamethrower for United, one of the longest-running clubs in MLS who have a difficult gift and obviously need a change.
DC United Gift
2022 the red and black team was complicated. In February they started with the Hernan Losada of Argentinawhich came at the beginning of the year 2021 to replace the historic one Ben Olsen who has been captain of the ship since 2010.
In that campaign, the former Independiente de Avellaneda posted a 14-15-5 record, lingering at the gates of the postseason. Already in 2022 he kept the confidence of the board and led up to eight games, winning two and losing four. This time, the organization decided to put him aside -It is assumed that Losada criticized the club’s transfer policy and for that reason they terminated his contract-; leaving the interim for Chad Ashtonthe team’s technical assistant since 2007.
Initially, the 54-year-old American would remain in office for the rest of the campaign, but things have not gone as planned: three wins, two draws and seven losses (including the 7-0 against Philadelphia Union this Friday). They are in last place in the Eastern Conference, with only one game less to play at Chicago Fire FC.
That is why the board picked up the phone – again – and has been in contact with Rooney for the last few hours, so that he will return, this time, as technical director.
“DC United had talks with Wayne Rooney and his team to be the new coach of the Blacks and Reds, with interest from both parties”it refers to the MLS on its web portal.
If he accepted the job, he would become the youngest coach in the entire competition and the fifth Englishman, joining his former Manchester United team-mate Phil Neville (Inter Miami), Gary Smith (Nashville SC), Nick Cushing (interim NYFC) and Adrian. Heath (United Minnesota).
“I understand there is a preliminary conversation (to come to DC). I think the fact that his family prefers life in the UK may be a factor (so that he does not come)”refers to ESPN journalist Jeff Carlisle.
Wayne Rooney agrees to be DC United’s next manager
This Sunday, July 10, the American journalist Steven Goff The Washington Post reported that Rooney arrived at the Washington DC area Dulles International Airport at night and that he had reached an agreement to be the next coach at DC United. Goff revealed that Wayne told him there are still some things “they have to fix” regarding his contract, but that he is ready for the “challenge”.
Rooney and American justice
The striker’s stay in the United States was not always rosy, because in a year and a half he was involved in various scandals. On December 16, 2018, he was arrested at the Virginia Dulles Internationalfor being drunk in a public place, which is a misdemeanor in that state.
The former soccer player arrived to spend several weeks in detention until he was released on January 4, after paying bail.