By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
D.C. United has finally come to an agreement with Wayne Rooney. It was previously reported that the two sides reached an agreement in May, but according to ESPN, the deal is officially done now.
Rooney will come to the United States with his new team after the summer window re-opens on July 10th. He will receive a two-and-a-half year contract, where he will be paid $13 million.
He will be the United’s highest-paid player. While Rooney wanted to come to the States, United and Everton had to work out an agreement, as D.C. had to play the England side an undisclosed fee.
According to the Washington Post, Rooney may begin to train with his new teammates this week. The newspaper also reports that he has also secured his United States visa and work permit.
He could potentially play for his new team at Audi Field on July 14th against the Vancouver Whitecaps, according to ESPN.
After just 12 matches, the United has an MLS-low 10 points. They are presently in the last place in the Eastern Conference.
“He is coming here to win,” United manager Ben Olsen said, according to 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.”
Rooney is the second foreign player to sign with the league this season. Zlatan Ibrahimović joined the Los Angeles Galaxy in April after reportedly declining a $100 million deal from a Chinese team.
The 32-year-old had one-year left on his Everton deal. However, it was Rooney, who reportedly wanted to void that deal to sign with United.
The forward and attacking midfielder began his soccer career with Everton where he had 67 appearances from 2002 through 2004. He had 15 goals.
Then, he moved on to Manchester United, where he played from 2004 through 2017. In the more than a decade of action, he made 559 appearances and had a career-high 253 goals.
Rooney, as previously mentioned, returned to Everton in 2017. He has made 31 appearances with the team and has had 10 goals.
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