Wayne Rooney Leaving After 2019 MLS Season

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D.C. United announced on Tuesday that their star forward Wayne Rooney will be departing from the club after the 2019 season. Rooney is planning to continue his career in England as a player-coach for Derby County in the English Championship in 2020.

The Rest of the Season

Rooney said, “I remain fully focused on giving my all for the team for the rest of this season and repaying the support shown by the Black-and-Red faithful by hopefully delivering an MLS Cup to Audi Field. My time in Major League Soccer is something I will always be proud of. The supporters in the Screaming Eagles, Barra Brava and District Ultras have made my time in America so enjoyable. While the decision to move home was a tough one, family is everything to us and we make this change to be closer to the ones we love back in England. The opportunity to go back home and start the next step of my career in coaching was the factor that made my mind up. I would like to thank everyone at D.C. United for the incredible support my family and I have received over my two seasons at the club.”

Rooney’s Situation

Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien, D.C. United Co-Chairmen told media that they understand Rooney’s difficult situation with his family living in England and that it is the best decision for all that he leaves after the 2019 season. They added that ”Our main focus now is the 2019 MLS Season and ensuring we make a push towards the playoffs with the ultimate goal of bringing an MLS Cup back to the District. 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.”

Rooney and D.C. United are currently in fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings and just six points out of the top spot. They face the LA Galaxy at home on August 11.

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