Wayne Rooney and D.C. United have mutually agreed to part ways just a season-and-a-half into Rooney’s tenure as head coach, as announced by both parties after the club’s final game of the MLS season.
In Rooney’s last match, D.C. United emerged victorious with a 2-0 win against NYCFC; however, this triumph could not secure his stay at the club as D.C. failed to qualify for the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.
Rooney assumed the role of head coach in July 2022, having previously played for D.C. United from 2018-19.
Under Rooney’s guidance in his sole full season, D.C. significantly improved by earning 13 points more than the previous season, resulting in a total of 40 points.
“We have spoken with Wayne and agreed it is best for us to part ways at this time. This decision creates the avenue for our next General Manager to have the full opportunity to impart a new philosophy and structure onto our sporting operations, which begins with the critical identification of a Head Coach who will best align with this,” said Jason Levien CEO and Co-Chairman of D.C. United.
“We are grateful to Wayne Rooney for all he has done for our club and for soccer in the Nation’s Capital, first as a D.C. United player and captain and most recently as our coach. He remains an important part of the D.C. United family and a valued and cherished friend.”
“It’s the right time,” Rooney said, according to the Athletic. “I’ve done everything I can to get this club into the playoffs. It’s not a single thing that’s happened. It’s about timing.”
“What lies ahead, I don’t know. I’ve seen a lot of reports in the media. I’m going back with nothing lined up.”