Former England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has joined American Major League Soccer (MLS) club DC United from boyhood club Everton on a three-and-a-half-year deal.
DC United confirmed Rooney’s signing on their official website on Thursday.
“D.C. United announce they have reached an agreement to sign international soccer superstar Wayne Rooney on a permanent transfer,” a statement on the club’s website reads.
“Rooney, who was most recently with Everton F.C., is the all-time leading goalscorer for Manchester United F.C. and the England National Team, having scored 208 goals in 16 seasons in the English Premier League — the second most in league history.
“He is expected to make his United debut in the inaugural match at Audi Field on July 14 at 8:00 PM ET against the Vancouver Whitecaps.”
Speaking on his move, the 32-year-old forward said: “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.”
“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.”