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Soccer: Wayne Rooney agrees to become DC United manager

Soccer: Wayne Rooney agrees to become DC United manager
Former DC United forward Wayne Rooney will return to the MLS team this season as its new manager, pending the receipt of a work visa. File Photo by Alex Edelman/UPI | License Photo

July 11 (UPI) -- MLS club DC United agreed to hire English soccer legend Wayne Rooney as its new manager, a league source told UPI on Monday.

DC United fired manager Hernan Losada in April. Interim manager Chad Ashton coached the team to five wins, 10 losses and two draws through 17 games this season.

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The league source said Rooney will assume his new role immediately, pending the team's receipt of a work visa.

Rooney, 36, announced June 24 that he resigned from his former role as manager of Derby County. Derby County totaled 14 wins, 13 draws and 19 losses last season in the Football League Championship and were demoted to English Football League One, the country's third tier league for soccer.

Rooney was a player-manager when he first joined Derby County in 2020. He retired from soccer in 2021 to become permanent manager. Derby County finished 21st in 2020-21 and 23rd in 2021-22.

The all-time leading scorer for the England men's national team, who spent most of his playing career at Manchester United, also played for DC United from 2018 to 2020.

The Philadelphia Union beat DC United 7-0 on Friday in Philadelphia.

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