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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