Wayne Rooney’s departure from the Premier League in the summer was a shame.
The Englishman signed for Major League Soccer outfit D.C. United in June, bringing to an end a wonderful career in the top flight.
He left the Premier League as its second-highest goalscorer with 208 goals for Manchester United and Everton.
Much was made of Rooney’s decline but his best moments will never be forgotten.
That goal against Arsenal as a fresh-faced 16-year-old for Everton in 2002. The hat-trick on his Man United debut. That incredible overhead kick against Manchester City.
At his very best, Rooney was pure box office.
Now, at the age of 32, Rooney has taken his career Stateside and he’s having a major impact at D.C. United.
Rooney's made an impact
The Guardian referred to D.C. United as “MLS’s worst club” when Rooney joined in June.
They were bottom of the Eastern Conference when he arrived with just two wins from 14 matches.
Now, they sit two points behind the playoff places, having won eight of their previous 15 games.
Rooney has scored seven goals and provided seven assists in those matches. He’s stepped up to the plate in the United States and has transformed D.C. United’s season.
The former England international scored a brace in the 5-0 win over Montreal Impact at the weekend.
It was a result that leaves D.C. United in a great position to qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs.
With games-in-hand over the teams above them, and on a five-match unbeaten run, they are the in-form team in the Eastern Conference right now.
How the Eastern Conference table looks
Rooney is aware that D.C. United are peaking at the right time.
“We’ve been building momentum at the right time,” he said following the win over Montreal.
“I think that’s what we’ve needed. We’ve put ourselves in a great position, and we knew, we didn’t want let all our hard work slip tonight.”
Every single D.C. United fan will be thankful for Rooney’s arrival.News Now - Sport News