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Rooney named head coach of DC United

Rooney named head coach of DC United

Former England and Manchester United star Wayne Rooney was named on Tuesday as the new head coach of DC United and tasked with reviving the moribund Major League Soccer team, reports AFP. It was a reunion for the 36-year-old British icon, who played for DC United from July 2018 to October 2019, scoring 25 goals in 52 appearances before leaving to serve as a player and coach at England's Derby County. Rooney resigned as coach of Derby County last month after the team's relegation to League One, Englanf's third-tier, opening the door to his MLS return. "Wayne is a soccer legend and one of the most exciting and dynamic up-and-coming managers in our sport," said United co-chairman Jason Levien. "The passion he showed while wearing Black-and-Red electrified our city and our club and we are so excited to welcome him back as our head coach." DC United, meanwhile, has struggled this season, firing coach Hernan Losada after six matches and replacing him with interim manager Chad Ashton. The club hasn't reached the playoffs since Rooney helped it get there in 2019.