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Sport Wayne Rooney is not the answer for MLS or D.C. United

05:00  09 may  2018
05:00  09 may  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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Wayne Rooney is not the answer for MLS or D . C . United . D . C . United is reportedly in advanced talks with English star Wayne Rooney , but he comes with too much baggage to be effective in Major League Soccer.

The former England captain will find himself at a faded North American superpower. But they hope he will be the face of their climb back to the top.

England's Wayne Rooney applauds the fans at the end of the match Action Images via Reuters / John Sibley Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.© John Sibley / Reuters England's Wayne Rooney applauds the fans at the end of the match Action Images via Reuters / John Sibley Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

English soccer superstar Wayne Rooney is in “advanced talks” with Major League Soccer club D.C. United, according to the Washington Post. Well, United and Major League Soccer might want to think about walking back those talks a little bit.

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If Rooney does complete the switch from the English Premier League to this nation’s capital it will surely be trumpeted as a further sign of MLS’ growth and significance. In truth, it would be a step backward.

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Wayne Rooney is not the answer for MLS or D . C . United .

In his MLS debut, Wayne Rooney kept it simple and was brilliant. Just before the 58th minute, Wayne Rooney jogged over from the corner flag where he’d been warming up with his D . C . United teammates.

MLS has made impressive strides and the success of recent expansion teams such as Atlanta United and its booming fan base are testament to a position of stability and a bright future.

However, MLS still has a reputation, both domestically and in Europe, as being a haven for aging stars who are past their use-by-date. It is a tag that is not entirely fair, but it’s sticking for now and adding Rooney would apply another layer of adhesive.

Rooney is a spent force in England. His time at Manchester United ended because he was no longer capable of producing performances at the level required by one of England’s top clubs, so he went back to Everton, his boyhood team. He retired from international duty with the England national team when it became clear that younger, better talent was coming through.

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During the past season at Everton, he showed that he’s no longer even at the standard required to be a consistent impact player at a mid-tier team. He began with 10 goals but hasn’t hit the net for months and Everton’s eighth-place finish when the league ends this week is mostly in spite of, not because of, him.

Rooney is frustrated with Everton and Everton is frustrated with him. It all points to an impending divorce, which only makes the D.C. option more likely. He has been a distraction more than benefit this season, to the point where Everton head coach Sam Allardyce has taken to calling the attention surrounding his most notable star “The Wayne Rooney Saga.”

It is understandable that D.C. United would want to make a splash. It has Audi Field, a swanky new stadium, due to open in July. Getting a star name to generate extra buzz is a natural desire. Rooney isn’t the right choice.

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If he comes in and plays like he has at Everton, and flops, then it is an expensive mistake. If he comes in, turns around his personal form, and performs strongly, that’s good for United, but what does it say about the overall prestige of the league?

Furthermore, the crowds in the North American league have grown greatly more sophisticated. The days in which an audience would turn up just to see a European veteran and be content with a wave and an autograph are gone. The crowds want to see a winning team, not a single superstar. D.C. United has floundered of late – it was one of the worst teams in MLS last season and is at the foot of the Eastern Conference again this year. But if it wants to win, there are better ways to spend the money.

Rooney is 32 and has played virtually all his career at the very highest level. During his explosive rise in 2004 and again in the lead-up to the 2010 World Cup, he was among the finest players in the world.

But that’s a long time ago and he is a world removed from being that player. His pace has dipped and so too, it seems, has his confidence. Highly publicized incidents of him smoking, drinking to excess and cheating on his wife play into the notion that he has not looked after himself as well as he might have.

D.C. United needs to take care of itself, and the league. It wants to make waves, but adding Rooney is not the answer.

Follow Martin Rogers on Twitter @RogersJourno.

Reports: Rooney flying to DC to finalize MLS move .
Rooney set to check out D.C. this week ahead of impending move to MLS.Multiple reports state that Rooney will fly to Washington D.C. on Thursday for a 48-hour trip to check out D.C. United and meet with club executives as he moves towards finalizing his move to MLS.

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