The 36-year-old former DC United, English Premier League and international superstar returns to the club as head coach after two years managing in England
WASHINGTON, DC (July 12, 2022) – DC United announced today that Wayne Rooney has been named the club’s new head coach. Rooney, who previously played and managed the Major League Soccer (MLS) club for two years from 2018 to 2019, will return to DC United after a two-year stint as Derby County manager while they took part in the English championship. Interim head coach Chad Ashton will remain in charge of the team until Wayne Rooney receives his work visa.
Rooney joined DC United in June 2018 as a Designated Player. During his time with the Blacks and Reds, Rooney played 48 games, scored 23 goals and assisted 15 more. He was voted MLS Best XI in 2018, All-Star in 2019 and was an MLS MVP runner-up in 2018.
“Wayne is a footballing legend and one of the most exciting and dynamic up-and-coming managers in our sport. He has already proven in his young coaching career that he can lead a group through adversity,” wrote said Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan, co-chairmen of DC United. “He has an understanding of our league and what it takes to succeed in Major League Soccer thanks to his two-year stint with us as a player. The passion he has shown wearing the black and red has electrified our city and our club and we are delighted to welcome him back as head coach.
The 36-year-old was appointed full-time manager of Derby County in January 2021 after a successful stint as caretaker player-manager where he led the club from bottom of the English Championship table to safety, avoiding the relegation of three points. . Ahead of his first full season in charge of Derby County, the club received a 21-point deduction from the Football Association for admitting profitability and sustainability shortcomings. Despite this drawback, Rooney guided the club to a record of 14-13-19, totaling 55 points, which would have been enough to secure the Championship for another season without the points reduction. Rooney resigned as Derby County manager on June 24, 2022.
As a professional, Rooney’s playing career began in the English Premier League on 17 August 2002 when he made his senior debut for Everton FC and assisted a goal helping the Toffees to a 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur. . At 18 after two seasons with Everton, Rooney joined Manchester United in a record transfer deal ($35 million) where he played 13 seasons and scored 208 Premier League goals in 491 appearances, which is good for second best of all time, only behind Alan Shearer (260). During his time in Manchester, Rooney won 16 major trophies, including five Premier League titles, the UEFA Champions League in 2008 and the FA Cup in 2006. Internationally, Rooney holds the record for outfield player the most capped in England. history (120) and is also the all-time leader in goals for the Three Lions (53). He took part in three World Cups (2006, 2010 and 2014), as well as three UEFA European Championships (2004, 2012 and 2016) and captained his country 24 times in all competitions.
“Wayne is a winner and a competitor. His work ethic and what he demands of himself and his players is second to none,” said Dave Kasper, President of Football Operations for DC United. of Wayne in the game and the style of football he wants to play matches our philosophy and we believe he is the right person to lead our club forward.”
Rooney will join the club and assume the role of head coach pending receipt of his P-1 visa. His coaching staff will be announced later.
One of the founding clubs of Major League Soccer in 1996, DC United are among the most decorated teams in the United States with 13 domestic and international trophies.
DC United has called the district home for the past 26 seasons and plays its home games at Audi Field in the Buzzard Point neighborhood of southwest Washington, D.C., which opened in 2018. In addition to games from DC United’s 20,000-seat football stadium hosts more than 100 events throughout the year, including the district’s premier arts, food and music festival, Unite the District Fest. Audi Field will soon host America’s number one sportsbook thanks to a partnership with FanDuel Group.
The Blacks and Reds have won the MLS Cup four times (1996, 1997, 1999 and 2004), the Supporters’ Shield four times (1997, 1999, 2006 and 2007) and the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup three times (1996 , 2008 and 2013).
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