Wayne Rooney, just three matches into his MLS career, named D.C. United captain

Wayne Rooney was named D.C. United’s team captain on Friday, just three games into his MLS career. (Getty Images)

Wayne Rooney hasn’t been playing in the MLS for long  — having made the switch over from Everton in the Premiere League late last month.

In fact, he’s only played in three games for D.C. United.

Apparently, though, he’s already made quite the impression.

Rooney was named the United’s team captain on Friday, quickly filling the previously empty role on his new team within just one month of joining the league.

“Wayne has the respect of the guys, not only from his past, but also the way he has been the last few weeks being here,” United coach Ben Olsen told Steven Goff of the Washington Post. “We’ve had some good discussions on his leadership role, and I think he will embrace it and do a good job with it.”

Rooney has made one start for United, and has entered in the second half twice. According to Goff, he is likely to start again on Saturday when the United host the Colorado Rapids.

And while it may seem like an easy choice to name the former Manchester United star the team captain, Olsen said he did want to take some time first to see how he adjusted.

Most importantly, though, Olsen said the 32-year-old is already very comfortable embracing that role in Washington.

“It was important for us to see who Wayne interacted with the team over the last couple weeks,” Olsen told the Washington Post. “In some ways, it was always going to be Wayne.”

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