World-renowned English international Wayne Rooney has officially transferred to D.C. United, according to ESPN on Thursday, finally ending many weeks of speculation that started in late April to early May. The English international legend is joining D.C. United from Everton and will play here for at least 3.5 years for 13 million dollars according to sports writers at the Washington Post. Rooney is considered a legend in the Premier League who is most known for playing for Manchester United. He has scored 208 career league goals in Premier League, and has appeared for the English national team 119 times. He has made the second most appearances in English national team history, and recently retired from international play after World Cup qualifying.
Rooney, in international play, has scored 53 times, and has played in two World Cups, four UEFA Euro competitions, and many friendlies.
Rooney is going to be a Designated Player for D.C. United. In MLS, there is a rule called the Designated Player rule, which means that each team can have three players that are above their salary level, and that means they can avoid allocation on a player’s contract. This rule came into effect when David Beckham joined the LA Galaxy in 2007. Rooney will become the second of three current DPs, with the other one being 23-year old American Paul Arriola, who has played on the US men’s national team.
Even though Rooney has been signed, Rooney will not make his debut until July 14th, when United open up Audi Field against Vancouver Whitecaps FC.