MLS took 'a huge step forward' by booking Arsenal for All-Star event, says Wayne Rooney

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Manchester United legend and current DC United manager Wayne Rooney claims MLS has taken a big step by booking Arsenal for its MLS All-Star game.
  • MLS All-Stars to play Arsenal
  • Wayne Rooney to take charge
  • Thinks it is a huge step forward

WHAT HAPPENED? MLS has confirmed Arsenal as the opponent for the MLS All-Star game and Rooney seems to think this is a major step in the right direction for the league. The Englishman also said the global telecast of the match would put a global spotlight on the quality of the league, inviting newer supporters.

WHAT THEY SAID: "I've had a front-row seat to watch the growth and development of Major League Soccer, first as a player and now as a manager,'" Rooney said after it was announced he would coach an MLS All-Star team against Arsenal.

AND WHAT'S MORE: "The opportunity to lead the best our league has to offer against a top Premier League club like Arsenal will be a highlight for me personally and an unforgettable experience for our passionate fanbase here in DC," he added. "It's a huge step forward for the league to provide that access to the All-Star Team and Arsenal. It's a big moment for the All-Star Game as well as it'll be the first time it's shown all around the world, and I'm sure there will be people with interest in the game tuning in."

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THE BIGGER PICTURE: Rooney took over as DC United's manager last year but faces an uphill battle to turn around the fortunes of a club that has struggled in recent seasons.


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WHAT NEXT FOR MLS? The All-Star game is all set to take place on July 19 at DC United's Audi Field with Wayne Rooney in charge.