Former Everton player Wayne Rooney has noted that signing for DC United has enabled him to tick another box in his memorable career.
The 32-year-old said boarded a plane to Washington before signing a three-and-a-half year deal with the MLS side.
Rooney 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.'
Rooney will officially be named as a DC United player once the US transfer window opens on July 10.
“This is a seminal moment for our fans and organization. Wayne is a global soccer icon and his presence at D.C. United will elevate our product on the pitch and soccer as a whole in our city and in this country,” Jason Levien, United managing general partner and CEO, said.
“Wayne has thrived when competing at the most elite levels of soccer and we’re thrilled to have his leadership as we enter this new era at Audi Field.”
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