After failing in the playoffs of the MLS, Wayne Rooney will leave DC United at end of season and return to England to coach English Championship team Derby County.
D.C. United confirms that Rooney “completed negotiations to become a player-coach for Derby County in the English Championship in 2020.”
“While the decision to move home was a tough one, family is everything to us and we make this change to be closer to the ones we love back in England. The opportunity to go back home and start the next step of my career in coaching was the factor that made my mind up. I would like to thank everyone at D.C. United for the incredible support my family and I have received over my two seasons at the club,” Rooney said in news release.
On October 20, DC United suffered a heavy 1-5 defeat against Toronto FC in the MLS play-offs. Two teams draw 1-1 after 90 minutes of official play. In extra time, Toronto FC scored 4 goals against DC United. Captain Rooney was replaced by Leonardo Jara in 105 minutes.
D.C. United is now in fourth place in the Eastern Conference Standings and returns to practice Tuesday. Rooney is in England and will not rejoin the Black and Red until Wednesday.
Rooney just represented D.C. United at the MLS All-Star game in 43 matches since joining the club last July has scored 23 goals and 14 assists.
Striker Rooney decided to return to England to play Derby County, the former team of coach Frank Lampard. Here, he competed and was part of the coaching staff of the team.
Toronto FC will face New York City FC in the Eastern finals on October 23. The winning team will qualify for the MLS title match on November 10.
Rooney is an English player, originally from Everton’s training center. He won the Golden Boy award (the best young player in the world) in 2004.
Wayne Rooney in Everton
He reached the peak of his career in Man United. Here, Rooney won many major titles such as 5 Premier League, Champions League, and Europa League.