Wayne Rooney at D.C. United – FM18 Experiment

Wayne Rooney has moved to America and will play his final years as a player in the MLS, playing for D.C. United, a franchise who desperately need Rooney’s magic as they sit rock bottom of the Eastern Conference.

How will Rooney get on in the MLS? We asked Football Manager 2018 to see if Rooney can inspire D.C. to a higher position in the Supporters’ Shield.

Wayne Rooney Stats 2018



Wayne Rooney played 29 regular season games for the franchise. He played all 29 games upfront. He scored 7 goals, also laying on three assists for his team-mates, achieving an average rating of just 6.90. Wayne was also sent off two times in MLS action.

He also made two appearances in the US Open Cup, one start and one sub appearance. He failed to score in the two appearances but he did get one assist.

Unfortunately, failure to qualify for the MLS Play Offs, meant Rooney played in no post regular season games.

Wayne won just 9 out of 29 games he played in for D.C. United during the 2018 season.

D.C. United Eastern Conference Position 2018


Rooney didn’t have a massive impact at D.C. United as they failed to improve their position. Once again they finished bottom of the Eastern Conference, winning just 9 games all season, with 8 draws, and 17 defeats, and just scoring 26 goals. They finished the campaign with a minus 26 goal difference, and thirty-five points.

D.C. United Supporters’ Shield Position 2018


D.C. United finish second bottom in the Supporters’ Shield standings. They finished on the same points as Vancouver, and despite having a worse goal difference, they finished above them on Games Won – which the MLS uses as the primary classification.

Wayne Rooney Stats 2019

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Wayne Rooney played 27 games in the regular season but his creativity seriously dried up in what turned out to be his final season as a footballer, as he scored just a lone goal, with four assists and an average rating of 6.83

He didn’t appear in any other competitions, but he did help the MLS All-Stars win their match.

D.C. United Eastern Conference Position 2019

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Did Wayne finally lift them back into the Play Offs for MLS Cup glory? Nope. Although they weren’t far off. They finished seventh in the Eastern Conference, missing out on a play off spot by just a single point.

D.C. United Supporters’ Shield Position 2019

Despite finishing 7th in the Eastern Conference, D.C. finished 16th in the Shield standings. It was much improvement on 22nd the year before, moving up six places.


What Happened Next?


After the 2019 season, despite having one more year left on his contract at D.C. United, Rooney chose to retire from professional football at the age of 35 and become a manager.

Since his retirement as a player, D.C. United have dropped back to bottom of the Eastern Conference, and also bottom of the Shield rankings. Despite not having such a successful season on the pitch in 2019, D.C. obviously missed his leadership.

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A year later, Wayne is still waiting for his first job in management.

What’s your view on his time at D.C. United? Was it a success, or a failure because he didn’t win a trophy at the Audi Field?

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