English forward Wayne Rooney joins D.C. United

English forward Wayne Rooney joins DC United. COURTESY PHOTOEnglish forward Wayne Rooney joins DC United. COURTESY PHOTO  Exponential excitement came with the first heat wave of the summer as DC United welcomes English forward Wayne Rooney to the team. Rooney, the superstar who played for Manchester United for 14 years and most recently, a return to his original club, Everton, now joins DC United, the third team of his professional career since 2002. He will be sporting number 9 on his jersey and he will attract a crowd.
Like David Beckham before him, when he joined the LA Galaxy years ago, Rooney brings the hope of a higher level of play to the young men of the DC United team. When he was asked about why he came to the D.C. area to play with the team, he cleared up very quickly an additional unspoken question: Is he here to retire?
Rooney responded, “I’m not here to see out my last few years. I’m here to compete, I’m here to win.”


DC United’s last game at RFK ends in a loss 2-1 against NY Red Bulls

 DSC8432DC United'S Chris Korb collides with Red Bulls forward Gonzalo Verón while stopping the attack by Verón. Both players went to the ground, no foul called. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE

Despite a solid display of athleticism and more than a bit of aggression from both teams, DC United (9-20-5) was unable to leave Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium with one more win. In the last Major League Soccer match Sunday afternoon on the pitch at RFK in front of 41,418 spectators, the New York Red Bulls (14-12-8) defeated DC United 2-1.
Led by first-time captain Marcelo Sarvas, DC United opened the match with a parry-and-thrust attack that kept the Red Bulls on their side of the field more often than not. Each time the Red Bulls moved the ball onto the DC United’s side, DC responded by turning the ball back and moving the match back to the other end of the pitch.
The fires of frustration crept into the match ignited by a tangled dust-up between United’s forward Paul Arriola and Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence. Chasing the ball from opposite ends resulted in a loud, violent collision that brought both players to the ground, skidding across the end line and into advertising barriers surrounding the field. Arriola lay crumpled against the wall, not moving much.

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