Wayne Rooney was unveiled as the new head coach of DC United almost four years after he completed his move to DC United as a player. His impact was instantaneous as he scored on his debut wearing the armband in a win over Colorado Rapids. After just 18 months of experience as a manager, Rooney returns to the United States after Derby County was relegated from the Championship.
“This is a seminal moment for our fans and organization. Wayne is a global soccer icon and his presence at DC United will elevate our product on the pitch and soccer as a whole in our city and in this country,” DC United Jason Levien said about Wayne Rooney. “Wayne is a really well-respected player on the field and in the dressing room. He continues to be about the right things. Leaders are hard to come by nowadays in the game of soccer. He is a very good one. We’re thrilled to have his leadership as we enter this new era at Audi Field.”
“It’s a move that has caught everybody on the hop. The reports of him boarding a flight from London to Washington were initially dismissed as being for some other reason,” legendary MLS commentator Dave Johnson said. “Four years ago in 2018, we knew he was coming on a flight and there was a big crowd waiting for him at Dulles Airport but not this time. We now know he’s going to be DC United’s next head coach. Rooney energized the club both on and off the field. When he arrived in 2018, our ice hockey team the Washington Capitals had just won the Stanley Cup, and then we had a global icon arriving at Wayne Rooney to lead DC United into the play-offs.”