D.C. United’s Wayne Rooney not interested in winter loan back to Europe


D.C. United striker Wayne Rooney isn’t interested in a return to Europe on loan this winter, saying he’s committed to his new team and that playing for another side would only serve as a distraction from his latest project.

Rooney has been a revelation for D.C. since joining the club from Everton in mid-summer, helping to lift the team from the bottom of the Eastern Conference table into the playoffs.

United have picked up 39 points and won 12 times since Rooney’s arrival, with the former Manchester United and England captain scoring 12 goals in the process, to move them into fifth place ahead of the regular-season finale against the Chicago Fire on Sunday.

Some pundits were skeptical about Rooney’s chances of finding success in MLS after a disappointing single season with Everton in the Premier League, but the 33-year-old has proven those doubters wrong in his short time in the U.S.
“I didn’t think too much about [what people say],” Rooney said. “People see what you put in on the football pitch, there’s no hiding place. If you come with the right attitude then people will see that, and if you don’t then they’ll see that.

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