Manchester United and England’s all-time record goal scorer, Wayne Rooney, arrived in Washington to huge fanfare as excited supporters met their new hero at Dulles Airport.

On arrival the former Everton star said: “It is fantastic to be joining D.C. United at such an exciting time in the club’s history. Moving to America and MLS fulfils another career ambition for me. I have the hunger to be a success here and will give D.C. 100 percent – as I have always done for every team I have ever played for.”

Wayne signed a three-and-a-half-year contract and occupies a Designated Player spot on the club’s roster. Amongst a glut of honours, he won the Premier League five times and the UEFA Champions League during his time in England.

Jason Levien, United managing general partner and CEO, said: “This is a seminal moment for our fans and organization. Wayne is a global soccer icon and his presence at D.C. United will elevate our product on the pitch and soccer as a whole in our city and in this country.”

Dave Kasper, United general manager and VP of soccer operations, said: “Wayne is undoubtedly one of the best players in Premier League history and his goal scoring record for club and country speaks for itself. He is a world-class player and he elevates those around him, both through his work-ethic and winning mentality.”

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