Having spent a substantial amount of time in North America, Wayne Rooney makes a bold statement on MLS footballers.
Wayne Rooney admits that a great deal of MLS players have what it takes to rack a career in England while comparing the leagues of both countries.
The Manchester United legend played in MLS from 2018 to 2020 with D.C. United. He made 48 successful appearances for the American outfit scoring 23 goals in the league.
However, after his stint in the USA, he shifted to Derby County in the Championship. He was first a player and then went on to take over the managerial deck in 2020.
Rooney spoke to The Athletic while pointing out the differences and similarities between MLS and Championship.
The 36-year-old said: “I felt the opportunity to go to the States — the culture, the games, dealing with different situations—– would help me gain experience,”
“It’s very similar to the Championship’s level. There are a lot of South Americans who are technically very good. The American lads are good athletes — maybe still trying to figure out the game tactically, and maybe not as good as over here.”
“But the games were at a good level. I see a lot of players [in MLS] who are more than capable of coming over here.”