Rooney is set to join
Wayne Rooney voiced his frustrations with the MLS fourth official when he left the field of play
‘Every f***ing game,’ he shouted in the official’s face, and again as he walked back to the bench
He launched a rant at the fourth official as he was substituted during DC United’s 1-0 loss
MLS TRAVEL RULES
Major League Soccer rules allow teams ‘to provide chartered air transportation for four legs of flights a year’. The rest of the time, players must fly commercially.
This rule was brought in to prevent richer clubs from gaining an unfair advantage on longer away trips – but it has come with the frustration of big-name players – including Rooney.
It was unclear which decisions in particular Rooney was referring to, but after watching his team-mates play out the rest of the match, he then continued his frustrations on Twitter.
‘Gutted about result last night. We deserved more. Looking forward to a 12 hour travel day which could be done in six but hey this is MLS. We will get ready for Red Bulls Wednesday. #Charterflights’
While most top-flight footballers are used to charter flights and private jets, MLS stars must often fly commercially.
According to league rules, teams can only charter flights four times a season, usually resulting in just two games.
Rooney then complained about the strict MLS travel rules regarding flights on Twitter
Rooney takes a free-kick during the match against Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday
Rooney tumbles to the ground under the challenge of Vancouver’s Doneil Henry
The players have to travel huge distances, especially Canadian team Vancouver. The longest trip in the MLS is San Jose to Boston, at 2,684 miles.
Many players have voiced their opinions on the matter, with Rooney the most recent to do so after what ended up being a frustrating day for the Englishman.
Rooney’s departure for Derby in January comes as he cuts short his time in America, leaving just halfway through a three-year contract.
Insiders revealed that his wife Coleen, 33, is said to have engineered his move to a player-coach role back in England and is happy for ‘return’ so long as they are home with their sons Kai, nine, Klay, six, Kit, three, and 17-month-old Cass.
Wayne Rooney said his children’s education played a part in deciding to leave the USA
Rooney will be joining Derby County as a player-coach from January on a £100k-a-week deal
The family has spent the past 13 months in Washington where Wayne signed a three-year contract with DC United. His basic salary in the States is £2.8m per year – with commercial revenue raising his total income to £8m per year.
The former England captain will earn £100,000 per week at Derby – a basic salary of £5.2m per year.
Despite the loss, DC United are fourth in the Eastern Conference, and will face fifth-placed New York Red Bulls next.
DC United, who will be on the search for a Rooney replacement for the start of next year, recently held talks with Mesut Ozil’s agent.