HOW ACQUIRED: Signed to a Designated Player contract on June 28, 2018.
Rooney is one of the most decorated soccer players of all-time, having won trophies at the highest level and being one of the best players in the history of the Premier League. The versatile attacker can play as a striker, playmaker or midfielder and will instantly be one of the biggest names to play in MLS.
INTERNATIONAL: Rooney solidified himself as one of the best players to ever represent the England National Team. His impressive displays for Everton as a teenager led to his first call-up to the England National Team at just 17-years-old. On Feb. 12, 2003, Rooney made his England debut against Australia in an international friendly and became the second youngest player in England history to earn a cap. In his sixth appearance for The Three Lions, Rooney became the youngest ever goalscorer for England when he scored in the 2-1 win over Macedonia in a UEFA European Qualifier at 17 years and 317 days old. The forward went on to become the most capped field player in England history (119) and is the all-time leader in goals for The Three Lions (53) after overtaking Sir Bobby Charlton (49) on Sept. 8, 2015, against Switzerland. Rooney has appeared in England’s last three World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014) as well as three UEFA European Championships (2004, 2012, 2016) and captained his country 23 times across all competitions.
OUTSIDE MLS: Rooney started his professional career with Everton after rising through their youth ranks, making his debut on Aug. 17, 2002, at just 16 years, 9 months and 24 days old. In two seasons with the Toffees, Rooney scored 15 goals in 71 appearances and his impressive performances for Everton led to a $35 million transfer fee to Manchester United on Aug. 31, 2004, for the then 18-year-old; a record at the time for a player under the age of 20. He played 13 seasons for Manchester United before returning to his boyhood club, Everton, for the 2017-18 season. In total, Rooney scored 208 Premier League goals in 491 appearances and is the second all-time leading scorer behind Alan Shearer (260). The forward is also the all-time leader in shots (1,237), third all-time in assists (103) and tied for 14th for EPL appearances (491). He won the Premier League title five times (the sixth most in the 26-year history of the top division) and earned The Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Players' Player of the Year award for his performance in the 2009-10 season for Manchester United.