The next big star that might be joining the MLS with the likes of Kaka, David Silva, and Bastian Schweinsteiger is English star Wayne Rooney. He is no longer starting for Manchester United and a move to the USA and the MLS would give Rooney a good push on his American celebrity as well as a nice addition to his pocketbook.
This week Houston Dynamo president Chris Canetti talked about the possibility of a player like Rooney coming to the league but warned work will still have to be done if he wants to be successful.
“It still seems like he has something left in the tank,” Canetti said of Rooney.
“He would come over here and, I’m hoping, would be energized to play and wouldn’t be here just for the party or the money.
“It’s a tough league now. It used to be where some of these guys could come over here and think, ‘I’m just going to skate through’. I think there’s been plenty of examples where it’s been proven that you can’t do that.
“You need to be fit, you need to be focused and you need to take it seriously or you’re going to embarrass yourself.
“He would need to be motivated to come over here and be successful like some of the other guys have been.
“David Beckham was the prime example — he wanted to win here.”
While Rooney is a huge star in England he isn’t quite the international star, yet, that Beckham was when he made the jump to the LA Galaxy and the MLS.
“I’m not sure if he’s as big a brand, just because Beckham was so pop culture,” Canetti added.
“From a football perspective, there will be the hard-core fans that say ‘Wow, Wayne Rooney!’ but with David Beckham, you don’t need to be a football fan to know who he is and what he represents.”
Rooney hasn’t been linked to any clubs seriously yet in America, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see Rooney come over during the summer transfer window for the Premier League.