Does Wayne Rooney's MLS form show the ex-Everton man left England too soon?
Wayne Rooney bagged a brace on Sunday in DC United’s 3-1 win over NYCFC, cementing his club’s place in the MLS Playoffs in the process.
The ex-Everton man departed the Premier League in the summer, in a move that was derided as a sign Rooney’s career was officially winding down. Yet Rooney’s form in the U.S. has been absolutely superb, raising the question of whether the 32-year-old left England too soon.
In 19 appearances since making his debut in DC in July, Rooney has bagged 12 goals and supplied six assists. The former Manchester United man has set the league on fire, scoring audacious free kicks, chipping in wonderful assists, and dragging DC United from the lower reaches of the division to the top five of the Eastern Conference.
There can be no doubt that Major League Soccer is a far weaker league than the Premier League, and the level of competition across the pond is hardly comparable to European top-flight football. Yet at only 32 years of age, it is entirely possible that Rooney could still have done a solid job for a lower-half Premier League side, or even an ambitious Championship club.
In all, Wayne Rooney has taken MLS by storm and has completely revitalised DC United’s fortunes in the span of three months.
With his American exploits growing by the week, perhaps the Englishman would have done well to remain in the country before prematurely setting sail for the U.S.
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