DC United hoping Wayne Rooney can turn its fortunes

first_imgUnited still made the playoffs four times between 2012 and 2016. But the club finished last in the Eastern Conference in 2017 and has started poorly again ahead of opening its new stadium July 14.Acquiring Rooney, who signed a three-and-a-half year contract worth roughly $13 million, according to the Washington Post, is a move ownership hopes will signal to fans a new level of investment.“Our fans have I think had a healthy dose of skepticism about the organization,” co-owner and managing partner Jason Levien said. “And there’s a whole new generation of folks who live in D.C. who don’t remember the ’90s and the early 2000s when we were winning championships. And this time it’s for them.”Rooney is no stranger to teams with winning pedigrees. Manchester United has 20 league titles, and his boyhood club Everton has nine. Rooney is hoping he can help United rediscover its old identity, not create a new one.“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.”ADVERTISEMENT “I’m not here to see out my last few years,” said the 32-year-old Rooney, a five-time Premier League champion. “I’m here to compete, I’m here to win, and that’s the way I’ve always played. That’s the way I’ll always play.”Before Alex Ovechkin’s Washington Capitals skated off with the 2018 Stanley Cup, it had been 26 years since D.C. had won a major sports title. But local soccer fans always put an asterisk on that skid, pointing to D.C. United’s four MLS Cups in 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2004.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We know that D.C. United for years and years has made us a champion,” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said at Rooney’s welcome, held just blocks from the U.S. Capitol. “And we are proud to have won the Stanley Cup for Washington D.C. We think we have a World Series in our future, as well. And we know that soccer and soccer fans are going to be incredibly supportive of D.C. United.”More recently, however, a prolonged search for a new stadium has made D.C. United one of the league’s more budget-conscious clubs, in an era during which others were increasing their spending on European stars and South American prospects. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Federer marks 20th Wimbledon with ‘$300 million’ windfall Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial English soccer star Wayne Rooney, the all-time leading scorer for England’s national team and Manchester United in the Premier League, poses with his new jersey during a news conference announcing his signing with MLS team D.C. United, Monday, July 2, 2018, at the Newseum in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON — There is a new international star in Washington.Major League Soccer’s D.C. United introduced former Manchester United, Everton and England captain Wayne Rooney on Monday. He will wear the No. 9 jersey while trying to spark a struggling club as its most expensive signing.ADVERTISEMENT Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award United currently sits 13 points out of a playoff spot, but it has a home-heavy schedule coming up and at least three matches in hand on every other team in the East. The team is also much improved offensively, scoring 21 goals in 13 matches.“I think our expected points based on our analytics and our data is we should be somewhere around 16 points at the moment,” D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper said. “So we have dropped points along the way. We’re at 10. It is what it is. But we play 15 of our last 20 games at home.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img

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