‘Rooney would be great for MLS’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

MANCH­ESTER United striker Wayne Rooney would be a "great sign­ing" for Ma­jor League Soc­cer, Port­land Tim­bers owner Mer­ritt Paul­son has said, adding that the 30-year-old still has plenty to of­fer.

For­mer Eng­land mid­field­ers Steven Ger­rard and Frank Lam­pard, Italy's An­drea Pirlo, Spain striker David Villa and Brazil­ian Kaka are among the big-name play­ers who have joined the MLS in re­cent years.

"I would ar­gue he (Rooney) still has some good soc­cer ahead of him. I think he would be a great sign­ing for MLS - 100 per­cent MLS would be at­trac­tive for him," Paul­son told the Mir­ror.

"Keep­ing in mind that he is a very tal­ented foot­baller, who has qual­ity soc­cer ahead of him, you are not talk­ing about a 34 or 35-yearold. "I get ex­cited about the im­pact he would have in the MLS more than a guy who is com­ing in later in his ca­reer."

With big- spend­ing Chi­nese clubs ri­valling Amer­i­can sides in re­cruit­ing play­ers, Paul­son be­lieves top play­ers will still find the MLS more at­trac­tive.

The Chi­nese Su­per League sides have in­vested heav­ily on in­ter­na­tional play­ers, in­clud­ing Brazil­ian for­ward Hulk, Ivo­rian striker Gerv­inho and for­mer Southamp­ton striker and Ital­ian in­ter­na­tional Graziano Pelle.

"China is a fac­tor, but also play­ers need to de­ter­mine where they want to play and what is go­ing to be best for their legacy and life­style — where they want to live," he added.

"The MLS is of­fer­ing sig­nif­i­cant money. There were con­ver­sa­tions with some guys who are as big a name as Rooney re­cently.

"There are some big-dol­lar num­bers that have been put out." — Reuters.

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