Rooney gets down to business in DC United training as he continues MLS wait

Wayne Rooney continued preparations for his MLS debut on Friday, after stepping up his fitness quest in training with his new DC United teammates.

The former England and Manchester United captain got down to business with his new teammates at the club’s RFK Auxiliary Field headquarters.

And Rooney was putting in the hard yards as Ben Olsen’s side were put through their paces, having returned to training following a midweek comeback draw against LA Galaxy.

Rooney, who joined the club on a three-year deal from Everton last week, can’t officially be registered with MLS until the American transfer window re-opens on July 10.

As such, he is playing a waiting game until he can make his debut against Vancouver Whitecaps on July 14, with United in need of a hero after a dire start to the season.



Despite a comeback 2-2 draw in LA on Wednesday night, United sit bottom of the Eastern Conference with just two wins from their opening 14 matches.

However, Olsen is hoping that Rooney can revitalise a side who saw its season front-loaded with away fixtures, as they waited for their new Audi Field Stadium to be finished.

Rooney arrives as the club’s marquee signing, taking the No.9 shirt ahead of the grand opening of the new purpose-built 20,000 stadium.


Rooney, now 32, is hoping to create history with the Washington-based side.

“I think the club has got great history, and it’s been tough over the last few years,” Rooney said.

“And the club needs to look back at the history it’s got and it needs to try and create more history.”

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