Soccer in Washington, D.C. is in for a revival.
English star Wayne Rooney agreed to a 2.5-year, $13 million deal with D.C. United on Tuesday, The Washington Post reported.
The team will also pay an additional undisclosed transfer fee to secure Rooney's rights from Everton.
It is expected that Rooney will be confirmed as a D.C. United player on Thursday with a news conference to follow on Monday, Sky Sports reported.
This has been long-awaited news, as D.C. United needed to come to terms with both Rooney and Everton. The former was completed last month, but the latter had taken some time.
Rooney, who will become the franchise's highest-paid player in team history, is not eligible to play in the MLS until its transfer window opens on July 10. However, it will be just in time for the opening of D.C. United's new stadium, Audi Field, which is set to open four days later.
The 32-year-old has been a global soccer star for the majority of the 2000s, breaking out as a striker for Machester United. His 208 Premier League goals ranks second of all-time, behind only Alan Shearer, and is England's all-time goalscorer with 53 goals in 119 matches.
Rooney has been playing the past season for Everton, the same team he entered the Premier League with, and has 10 goals in 31 appearances.
He joins a recent trend of high-profile European stars coming over to the MLS and will try to fix D.C. United's (2-6-4) losing woes, as the team ranks dead last in the standings with 12 points.
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D.C. United have announced Ben Olsen will remain with the club for the foreseeable future after agreeing to a multi-year contract extension.
Olsen lead the club on a 11-2-4 run to finish out the season, vaulting them from the depths of the Eastern Conference into playoff positioning.
The club's mid-season performance cemented a fourth-place seeding and a qualification to the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs, ultimately falling to Columbus Crew F.C. in the second round.
Olsen has been a staple in the club's success over the past 21 seasons, transitioning from a key member of the rotation into a coaching role following his retirement in 2010.
After rising up the totem pole midway through the year, Olsen was named Head Coach and hasn't looked back since.
Through eight seasons at the helm, Olsen has lead the club to 95 MLS regular season wins, five playoff berths, and was leading the pack when United won the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
"I am thrilled that ownership has shown faith in the path my staff and I are taking with this extension," said Olsen. "Our aim is to continue to put a team on the field that our fans and community will identify with and be proud of. The major goal, however, remains the same since the day I took the job and that’s to bring trophies back to D.C."
One of the most notable members in the club's history, Olsen won two MLS Cups (1999 & 2004) as a player, and had an outstanding career with the U.S. Men's National Team.
D.C. Current Professional Head Coaching Tenures:
Ben Olsen (United): 2010 - Present
Mike Thibault (Mystics) 2013 - Present
Jay Gruden (Redskins): 2014 - Present
Scott Brooks (Wizards): 2016 - Present
Dave Martinez (Nationals): 2018 - Present
Benji McDowell (Valor): 2018 - Present
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D.C. United star Wayne Rooney was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of public swearing and intoxication, according to Loudon General District Court records.
The arrest, which happened on December 16, was first reported on Sunday by ABC 7. He was arrested by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police at Dulles International Airport after an incident at the International arrivals gate.
"Mr. Rooney had triggered a door alarm but did not breach airport security," a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police said in an emailed statement. "Mr. Rooney was charged with public intoxication and transported to Loudon County Detention Center to be held until sober."
According to court records, Rooney was released on his own recognizance and paid a $25 fine.
"We are aware of news reports indicating that Wayne Rooney was arrested in December," a D.C. United spokesperson emailed in a statement. "We understand the media's interest in this matter but believe this is a private matter for Wayne that D.C. United will handle internally. We have no further comment on the situation."
The former English national team captain signed with D.C. United in late June. He led the team with 12 goals and had 20 assists in 20 games.
Paul Stretford, Rooney's agent, told the Washington Post that Rooney “took a prescribed amount of sleeping tablets mixed with some alcohol consumption and consequently was disorientated on arrival. He was approached by police who arrested him on a minor misdemeanor charge," he said.
“The matter is now at an end. Wayne would like to put on record his appreciation for the manner he was treated by all involved.”
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