Rooney To Join Derby As Player-Coach In January

DC United midfielder and former England captain Wayne Rooney speaks during a press conference at Pride Park Stadium in Derby on August 6, 2019 after Rooney agreed to a deal to become a player-coach.  Darren STAPLES / AFP

 

Former England captain Wayne Rooney is to leave Washington-based DC United after agreeing on a deal to become player-coach of  Championship side Derby County, the clubs announced on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old — the record goalscorer for both his country and Manchester United — signed an initial 18-month contract with the ambitious second-tier side, who under Rooney’s former England team-mate Frank Lampard reached the play-off final last season.

The high-profile signing has already paid off for the club.

“On the back of Wayne joining the club, we have just been offered a record-breaking sponsorship deal with our principal shirt sponsor,” said owner Mel Morris.

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Derby, two-time English champions back in the 1970s, have been rewarded for being quick off the mark when rumours surfaced that Colleen, Rooney’s wife and mother of their three children, was unhappy in the United States and wanted to return home.

Rooney, who is presently working towards securing his coaching qualifications, will work under former PSV Eindhoven boss Phillip Cocu.

“I am very excited about the opportunity that Derby County have provided me with,” Rooney told the club website.

“I am looking forward to joining Phillip Cocu, his coaching staff, and the first-team squad from the start of January.

“I am sure I can make a big contribution and can’t wait to meet everyone, especially the supporters.

“I am equally excited to begin my coaching career at Derby County working with both the first team and academy.

“I must also take this opportunity to thank DC United, their owners, executives and supporters who have been superb to work with.

“I want them to know that I will give my all in support of our push for the play-offs.”

 ‘Confidence or swag’ 

Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien, co-chairmen of DC United, praised Rooney for his contribution to the franchise — he has scored 23 times in 42 appearances since he joined from Everton on a three-year contract last year.

“After speaking to Wayne and understanding his difficult situation of being so far away from his family, we have accepted that this is the best decision for all parties,” they told the Derby website.

“Wayne is an exceptional leader and one of the most iconic players to play the game, so we look forward to his continued contributions to the team this season.”

Morris said Rooney’s arrival would bolster the reputation of the club.

“To have Wayne Rooney as a player, and equally as an aspiring coach, is incredible and I can only imagine the buzz this will generate amongst our supporters at home and internationally,” said Morris.

Cocu, who began his spell as manager with a 2-1 win over Huddersfield on Monday, said Rooney’s experience would be a massive boost to the club as they seek to return to the Premier League for the first time since 2008.

“It is an exciting prospect for him to be joining Derby County and he can bring so much to this squad, both on and off the pitch,” said Cocu.

“To have a player with his leadership, skill, experience, character and work ethic will be huge for us.

“The inspiration and motivation this can generate is massive for all of our players from the first team right through to the youngsters in the academy.”

Morris will be hoping Rooney wields a similar influence that he has done at DC United as attested to by his team-mate Steve Birnbaum.

“He’s changed everything, he’s changed the culture of the club,” Birnbaum told the Daily Telegraph.

“The work ethic he puts in during practice and you guys see it in the games. We have this sort of confidence or swag going into games because of him.”

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Wayne Rooney Scores Magical Goal From Half-Field

FILE PHOTO: Wayne Rooney of DC United reacts in the second half against the Vancouver Whitecaps during his MLS debut at Audi Field in Washington, DC. PHOTO: Patrick McDermott / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

 

Wayne Rooney scored a highlight reel goal with a moon shot blast from his own half of the field to lift DC United to a 1-0 victory over Orlando City on Wednesday.

Former English star Rooney hammered a 68-yard strike over the head of Orlando goalkeeper Brian Rowe and into the back of the net in the 10th minute.

Rooney got the ball off a deflected clearance and when he realized Rowe was out of his 18-yard box he launched a first-touch blast that will go down as one of Major League Soccer’s goals of the year.

DC United goalkeeper Bill Hamid posted his seventh shutout of the year while Rowe finished with three saves.

Rooney will be part of the league’s July All-Star exhibition game where he will join Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Josef Martinez.

The MLS All-Stars will face 10-time La Liga champions Atletico at Orlando City’s Exploria Stadium on July 31.

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DC United’s Rooney Suffers Lower Leg Injury In Win

England’s striker Wayne Rooney.
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English star striker Wayne Rooney played only 18 minutes Saturday after suffering a lower right leg injury in DC United’s 1-0 pre-season victory over Bethlehem Steel at Clearwater, Florida.

Rooney, whose mid-season arrival last year helped lift United from the Major League Soccer basement into a playoff spot, was removed as a precaution and is listed as day-to-day, according to the club in a league website posting.

Rooney said the knock he received on his lower right shin similar to a few injuries he had suffered before, the Washington Post reported.

Rooney is expected to be fit in time for Thursday’s pre-season matchup against new MLS expansion club FC Cincinnati, according to DC United, which dubbed the setback a minor knock and said the former England star was removed as a precaution.

Shinya Kadono, an unsigned prospect, scored the lone goal in the second half for United against the second-level US club.

Rooney Inspires DC United To Last-Gasp Win

Wanye Rooney celebrates with teammates

 

A moment of magic from Wayne Rooney fired DC United to a last-gasp 3-2 victory over Orlando in Major League Soccer on Sunday.

The two sides had appeared to be heading for a 2-2 draw at Audi Field as Orlando broke out following a United corner in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

With United goalkeeper David Ousted stranded upfield, Orlando’s Will Johnson advanced past halfway with an empty net ahead of him.

But a superb last-ditch tackle from Rooney upended Ousted, and former England and Manchester United star then launched a long ball into the area met by Luciano Acosta, who nodded home the winner.

Argentinian striker Acosta’s goal completed a hat-trick and gave United a vital three points as they attempt to move off the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

United remain rooted to the foot of the standings however with 21 points from 20 games.

United have several games in hand over the teams above them, however, and could yet conceivably mount a charge towards the playoffs in the closing months of the season.

Rooney had also been instrumental in setting up Acosta’s first goal of the game in stoppage time at the end of the first half.

Rooney, England and Manchester United’s all-time record goalscorer, confirmed his move to MLS in June after a season with Everton in the Premier League.

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Everton Confirm Rooney To Join DC United

In this file photo taken on March 17, 2018 Everton’s English striker Wayne Rooney warms up before the English Premier League football match between Stoke City and Everton at the Bet365 Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, central England. PHOTO: Roland Harrison / AFP

 

England record goalscorer Wayne Rooney is to leave Everton for a move to North American team DC United, the US club and the English Premier League outfit announced Thursday.

“Everton and Wayne Rooney have reached an agreement for the player to join MLS (Major League Soccer) side DC United on a permanent transfer,” said a club statement.

“Rooney will complete the formalities of his move when the MLS transfer window opens on July 10.

“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 DC United.”

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Rooney Visits DC United For Talks About MLS Transfer

FILE PHOTO Everton’s English striker Wayne Rooney                                                  Oli SCARFF / AFP

 

English football star Wayne Rooney has arrived in Washington for talks with DC United about the Everton striker joining the Major League Soccer side this season.

Rooney’s spokesman confirmed the star footballer’s arrival in the US capital, with the Washington Post saying Rooney cut short a family vacation in Barbados and flew to Washington from Miami.

Everton has given permission for Rooney, 32, to speak with United but the US club must still make a deal and agree upon transfer terms with the English Premier League club.

Everton have not commented.

United, 2-5 with two drawn this season, ranks at the bottom of the MLS Eastern Conference but is spending most of the early season on the road ahead of the July 14 opening of a new home stadium that comes four days after a transfer window opens that could bring Rooney and his drawing power to Washington.

United would have 20 matches remaining in the season, 15 at home after Rooney arrives should he come in the July window.

Rooney rejoined the Toffees last year after 13 seasons with Manchester United. Rooney scored 11 goals this past season, including a hat trick last November against West Ham.

Rooney was set to tour Washington on Thursday with United executives and visit the new stadium, sources told the Post, with another likely stop the site of United’s proposed training center in nearby Northern Virginia.

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DC United Boss Confirms Rooney Interest

Everton’s English striker Wayne Rooney                                                                          Paul ELLIS / AFP

 

DC United coach Ben Olsen confirmed the club is interested in bringing Wayne Rooney to Major League Soccer, but says the deal “is not done”.

“Certainly the deal is not done, but obviously there’s some interest from our end,” said Olsen, who seemed surprised to be tackled on the topic by celebrity news website TMZ as he walked through an airport.

Rooney has reportedly agreed “in principle” to a $17 million (12.5 million pound) deal with the MLS club that would see the 32-year-old depart Everton, his boyhood club, just 12 months after rejoining them from Manchester United.

However, Everton manager Sam Allardyce said Friday that Rooney had not yet asked to leave.

The Washington Post, citing an unnamed source close to DC United, reported that the chances of Rooney coming to the US capital are “50-50” and that no formal agreement had been reached.

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