Rooney made his debut in the Premier League at the age of 16 but could now make the move overseas and join DC, who were one of the 10 original teams when the MLS was founded.
DC United were one of the most successful clubs in the early years of MLS, particularly under the management of Bruce Arena from 1996-98. Arena led DC to six titles, including the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup and Copa Interamericana, before leaving to take charge of the USA.
DC also won three of the first four MLS Cups, but success has been much harder to come by in recent years. Their only trophies since 2010 have been the 2013 US Open Cup – a competition that is the closest equivalent to the FA Cup – and the Eastern Conference title in 2014. In 2013 they were statistically one of the worst teams the MLS had seen, setting records for fewest points per game in MLS history and scoring the fewest goals per game in league history. Last year they again finished bottom of the Eastern Conference and second-bottom of the overall table, and they have started this season with one win from seven matches.
He has played in midfield for Everton this season, but if Rooney does join DC, he will surely be returning to a striker role. DC have scored just eight goals in seven games this season and their only striking options are Darren Mattocks and Patrick Mullins. Mattocks has scored three goals so far but he’s never scored more than seven in an MLS season, while Mullins is yet to get off the mark after scoring five last season.
Would rooney fit into DC United?