After an American player moved to Italy yesterday (football transfers), Wayne Rooney compared Major League Soccer’s level to the Championship’s. The ex-footballer says that he believes there are plenty of MLS players that have the talent to play in England. So, among other football news fresh today, Rooney claims MLS footballers can play in the Championship, are capable of it.
Rooney himself played in the American MLS from 2018 to 2020 with D.C. United. And he scored 23 goals across 48 appearances in the United States’ domestic league.
He has since moved to the Championship, with Derby County, first as a player and now as a coach.
Rooney Claims MLS Footballers Can Play in the Championship
And Rooney believes the two leagues – the English Championship and Major League Soccer – are at a similar level of skill.
The former England star says players in North America are full of talent.
“I felt the opportunity to go to the States — the culture, the games, dealing with different situations—– would help me gain experience,” Rooney told The Athletic.
“It’s very similar to the Championship’s level. There are a lot of South Americans who are technically very good. The American lads are good athletes — maybe still trying to figure out the game tactically, and maybe not as good as over here. But the games were at a good level. I see a lot of players [in MLS] who are more than capable of coming over here.”