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Why Wayne Rooney swapped D.C. for Derby and how it limits his MLS legacy

ESPN FC's Ale Moreno says that Wayne Rooney's decision to return to England with Derby County is a major blow for both D.C. United and MLS.
Craig Burley explains the challenges Wayne Rooney will face in the Championship when he joins Derby County in January.

As break-ups go, Wayne Rooney's split with D.C. United seemed to come out of nowhere.

Rooney arrived in the nation's capital just over 12 months ago and almost immediately achieved icon status with the DCU faithful, scoring 12 goals and adding seven assists to spark the Black-and-Red to an unlikely spot in the MLS playoffs.

He has been similarly effective in 2019 and D.C. is in postseason contention, but Tuesday brought the news that Rooney, who still had two-and-a-half years to run on a contract...

Rooney to leave D.C. United for player-coach role

Craig Burley explains the challenges Wayne Rooney will face in the Championship when he joins Derby County in January.
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Wayne Rooney netted his 11th goal of the season and added an assist as D.C. United put four goals past struggling FC Cincinnati.
Major League Soccer: Wayne Rooney (64') FC Cincinnati 1-3 D.C. United

Wayne Rooney has agreed a deal to leave Major League Soccer side D.C. United and take up a role as a player-coach at English second-tier club Derby County in January.

The former Manchester United forward moved to MLS from Everton in June 2018 and has scored 25 goals in 45 appearances.

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"I remain fully focused on giving my all for the team for the rest of this season and repaying the support shown by the Black-and-Red faithful by hopefully delivering an MLS Cup to Audi...

Reports: Rooney, Derby in player-coach talks

Relive the best moments from the MLS Skills Challenge in Orlando.
Wayne Rooney netted his 11th goal of the season and added an assist as D.C. United put four goals past struggling FC Cincinnati.

Wayne Rooney is in advanced talks with Derby County about joining the Championship side as player-coach, according to multiple outlets in the United Kingdom, with sources confirming to ESPN that he is set to meet with club directors on Tuesday.

The Telegraph were first to report the news.

Derby's new Dutch manager Phillip Cocu declined to comment on the reports but Sky said England's record goalscorer was due to fly to the Midlands to discuss the details of the deal.

The 33-year-old ex-Manchester...

Derby appoint Cocu as Lampard replacement

Frank Lampard stresses he should be judged as a manager, not for the accolades he's received as a Chelsea player.
Julien Laurens thinks Frank Lampard's Chelsea return with a pending transfer ban will be "a hell of a task ahead."
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop explains who he feels will be Frank Lampard's most important players at Chelsea this season.

Derby County have appointed Phillip Cocu as Frank Lampard's replacement as manager on a four-year contract.

The Championship playoff finalists were looking for a new manager after Lampard was named Chelsea's new boss and opted for the former PSV Eindhoven man.

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"I am pleased and honoured to confirm that Derby County will be my new club and can't wait to meet with...


Chelsea appoint club legend Lampard as coach

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop explains who he feels will be Frank Lampard's most important players at Chelsea this season.
Gab Marcotti says similarities between Frank Lampard and Maurizio Sarri's styles of play would make the Derby County manager a low-risk signing for the Blues.
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Chelsea have appointed club legend and all-time top scorer Frank Lampard as their new head coach.

Lampard was identified as the preferred choice to succeed Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge despite having only one year of managerial experience at Derby, whom he led to the Championship playoff final but lost to Aston Villa.

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"I am immensely proud to be returning...