Down Memory Wayne: Rooney and DC United’s love story in four parts


As it turns out, that playoff loss to Toronto wouldn’t be Rooney’s last hurray with DC United after all, as he will now be making his first foray into the world of MLS coaching following his hiring announcement on Tuesday. . He takes over a changing club after the departure at the start of the season of Hernan Losada and with DC currently mired in 13th place in the Eastern Conference table (record 5V-10L-2D, 17 points).

The arrival was a bit more low-key this time, with no massive gathering of fans or press at Dulles, but the hope is that Rooney’s arrival can breathe new life into a difficult season, setting him once again at the center of a new era of football. in the neighborhood.

He eventually spent a year and a half in charge of Derby, charting his managerial career and almost pulling off a miraculous safety job amid a 21-point deduction. But they were relegated from the Championship to Ligue 1 and Rooney left in June.

This opened the door for Rooney to arrive on July 12, 2022 and rekindle a special relationship. One day, perhaps, he will return to England to coach – but until then he is fully committed to the Black and Red project at hand.

“I’m at the start of this journey,” Rooney said during his introductory presser. “I am at a point in my managerial career where I have to put in the work, I have to put in the hours. Of course, I am an ambitious person, one day I want to manage at the highest level. And that’s part of that process in terms of coming here, trying to develop this club, trying to be successful here, but also developing myself as a manager.

“But also the connection I have with the club, being here before, there’s no other MLS team I would want other than DC United. So I’m proud to be here as a manager, proud to try to develop this club on and off the pitch.”


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