Wayne Rooney has completed his move to D.C. United, after the MLS club and Everton confirmed on Thursday that a transfer agreement has been reached.
“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,” Rooney said in a statement. “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 could start training with his new team by the end of this week, according to the Post, which reported that he has already secured his U.S. visa and work permit. An introductory news conference has been scheduled for Monday morning.
“Wayne is undoubtedly one of the best players in Premier League history and his goal scoring record for club and country speaks for itself,” D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper said in a statement. “He is a world-class player, and he elevates those around him, both through his work ethic and winning mentality. We are beyond excited to add someone of Rooney’s caliber, and we are thrilled to welcome him to D.C.”