D.C. United, coach Wayne Rooney agree to part ways: How surprising was this move

D.C. United and coach Wayne Rooney have agreed to part ways, the club announced Saturday. Here’s what you need to know:

Rooney was hired as coach on July 12, 2022 after a two-year stint as manager of Derby County in the English Championship.
D.C. United missed the 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs, finishing with a 10-10-14 record and 40 total points.
Rooney appeared in 48 matches, scoring 23 goals and 15 assists as a player with D.C. United.

Not entirely. From Rooney’s point of view, D.C. was always a waypoint, part of a longer-term plan to someday coach in the Premier League. Things did…

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