English soccer star Wayne Rooney set to join DC United, reports say

England's forward Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring with England's midfielder and captain Steven Gerrard during the Group D football match between Uruguay and England at the

Premier League star Wayne Rooney could soon be headed across the pond very soon.

Last month, he was forced to deny a rift with manager Sam Allardyce, who has come in for significant criticism from fans despite guiding the team away from the relegation zone since taking over from Ronald Koeman as manager in November.

United have also reportedly been linked with former Premier League players like Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez but are said to believe they have a chance at securing Rooney. This is far from a sure thing at this point, though, and Goff's story notes that D.C. United unsuccessfully tried to bring Rooney in previous year. The club has one of the smallest payrolls in the MLS but, with the revenue from a new stadium expected to increase, the club is looking to invest in talent.

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The high point of Everton's campaign has arguably been the goal that completed his hat-trick in their 4-0 win against West Ham United in November, driven with ideal technique and timing from inside his own half, the unfortunate Hart once more the goalkeeping victim.

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In 2004, the club made history by drafting 14-year-old soccer prodigy Freddy Adu, the youngest player to compete in any professional sport in the United States since 1887.

We knew it was hefty, but that last Manchester United contract renewal must have been an absolute behemoth to still be having this kind of knock-on effect.

This season, United again rank worst in MLS with one win, four losses and two draws and a minus-5 goal difference that ranks one tally worse than Western Conference basement co-dwellers Seattle and San Jose, also on five points.

That is exactly what Wayne Rooney is.

Reports suggest a deal has been "agreed in principle" for Rooney to move to Washington but the former Manchester United striker has not decided on his future yet.

A promising start to life back on Merseyside saw Rooney score 10 goals in 16 Premier League games - not a bad return for someone who was supposedly past it.

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