"While the decision to move home was a tough one, family is everything to us and we make this change to be closer to the ones we love back in England. The opportunity to go back home and start the next step of my career in coaching was the factor that made my mind up. I would like to thank everyone at D.C. United for the incredible support my family and I have received over my two seasons at the club."
"After speaking to Wayne and understanding his difficult situation of being so far away from his family, we have accepted that this is the best decision for all parties," D.C. United Co-Chairmen Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien said in a statement. "Our main focus now is the 2019 MLS Season and ensuring we make a push towards the playoffs with the ultimate goal of bringing an MLS Cup back to the District. Wayne is an exceptional leader and one of the most iconic players to play the game so we look forward to his continued contributions to the team this season."
D.C. United captain and international superstar Wayne Rooney might soon be leaving MLS, according to multiple media reports.
Premier League side Burnley could be a potential landing spot for Rooney. Derby County, who play in England's second-tier the Championship, are also reportedly interested in the former England international who has tallied 23 goals in 42 league matches for D.C. United.
Rooney is under contract with United through the 2021 MLS season and United would receive a fee from any club that wishes to purchase his contract. Goff reports he would like to remain in Washington through the 2020 season, but "family concerns might expedite his departure."
Rooney was not with the United squad when they traveled to play Atlanta United in July because he was vacationing with his family in England at the time and was dealing with minor injuries which required a break from game action.