Wayne Rooney’s MLS stint including 70-yard goal, red card and boozy airport arrest as he closes in on Derby player-coach role

By | 6th August 2019

WAYNE ROONEY is back in England as he prepares to seal a shock move to Derby.

The Three Lions legend, 33, is back on home soil after little over a year in America – after wife Coleen revealed she wants to bring up their four kids in the UK.

Rooney looks set to return to England as Coleen wants to raise the family in England
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Rooney had a superb spell in the US on the pitch but had some controversy off it
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Now, as Rooney prepares for his return to English football, we take a look back at his incident-packed year in Washington with DC United.

PITCH PERFECT

On the field, Rooney was an unstoppable force in the MLS – almost single-handedly dragging DC United into the playoffs last season.

When he joined, the Washington outfit were languishing near the foot of the Eastern Conference standings with just two wins in 14 matches.

But a series of inspired performances from Rooney dragged them kicking and screaming into the Playoffs – far exceeding their pre-season hopes.

Nothing encapsulated Roo’s time in America than one game in August 2018, in a 3-2 win over Kaka’s former club, Orlando City.

With the scores level at 2-2 in the dying embers of the game, Rooney charged back to what was a near-open goal for Orlando and made a superb, goal – and match – saving tackle.

The ex-England star turned, charged forwards, delivered a millimetre-perfect cross into the box – met by Luciano Acosta to score a famous winner.

Rooney was also a walking highlight-reel, with one goal – a 35-yard free-kick – particularly notable, as well as a goal from inside his own half.

His performances even saw himself named in the MLS All-Stars game – where they lost 3-0 to Atletico Madrid.

DRUNK AND DIS-DOOR-DERLY

Wayne Rooney was arrested for being drunk in public at an airport
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AS good as Rooney was on the pitch in the US, he was just as headline-grabbing off the pitch – for all the wrong reasons.

He was arrested for being drunk in public when he set off a security door alarm at a US airport after a booze and sleeping pill mix left him “disoriented”.

Roo was held at Dulles International Airport in December for “public swearing and intoxication”.

He had been in Saudi Arabia on December 15 for the Riyadh Formula E Grand Prix before returning to Cheshire for Christmas.

Rooney was fined just $15 (£12) – which took him less than one minute to earn thanks to his £300,000-a-week wages.

ROO RASCAL

Rooney put his marriage to Coleen in jeopardy after a boozy night

THAT’S not all Rooney got up to either, as he was also spotted having a cosy chat with a barmaid and sharing a car with her alone during a ten-hour booze-up two months later.

The England legend and Vicki Rosiek knocked back shots until 2.30am having earlier been spotted using a cash machine outside a Hooters bar in Florida.

At the time, a source said, “He’s playing with fire”, after he had already put his marriage to Coleen in jeopardy after being caught in a woman’s car 18 months earlier.

While Roo partied with Pink Pussy cocktails, Coleen was thought to be 900 miles away with their four sons at home in Washington DC.

A source claimed: “Coleen has already warned him about his behaviour and will hit the roof over this.

“He is playing with fire getting into a woman’s car alone with his history.

“One minute he’s on a pub crawl with male friends, then suddenly he’s moving between other bars with a pretty blonde.

BLOODY HELL

Wayne Rooney required five stitches and suffered a broken nose after the clash
Wayne Rooney required five stitches and suffered a broken nose after the clash
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Wayne Rooney showed off his black eye following horror collision
Wayne Rooney showed off his black eye following horror collision
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ROONEY was in the wars on the pitch at one stage last year – when he showed off a gruesome black eye following a sickening clash of heads.

The England legend broke his nose and needed five stitches on his eyebrow after smashing into Colorado Rapids star Axel Sjoberg.

Rooney wore a baseball cap to hide his face from view during his post-match press conference, but the shiner was still visible.

Then, earlier this year, he was flattened by New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner – before claiming it felt like “being in a car crash”.

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SEEING RED

IN April, Rooney was sent off via VAR after an awful studs-up challenge on Diego Rossi during a 4-0 humiliation at the hands of Los Angeles FC.

The former England captain was initially only given a yellow for the horror lunge before the video technology led to his first-ever MLS red card.

DC United were already trailing 3-0 at half-time when Rooney was given his marching orders for raking the shins of Rossi.

Just last month, Rooney had a red card controversially overturned, too – for yet another disgusting hack.

He was skinned for pace by FC Dallas’ Michael Barrios, who robbed the ball off his foot – with Roo nowhere near getting the ball when he took the Colombian’s legs from underneath him.

HOW ABOUT STAT?

Games: 42

Goals: 23

Assists: 12

This post written by Dave Fraser originally appeared on Football news - transfers, fixtures, scores, pictures | The Sun. Read the full post here.

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