Rooney mak­ing D.C. de­but at new sta­dium

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS -

As D.C. United ush­ers in a new era to­day by swing­ing open the doors on its new $400 mil­lion sta­dium, Audi Field, Wayne Rooney is the key cor­ner­stone. As much as any one per­son, he’ll be charged with writ­ing the next chap­ter, ei­ther help­ing a young team that has strug­gled might­ily for the past 11⁄ sea­sons or serv­ing merely as a mar­ket­ing nov­elty whose big­gest im­pact is gen­er­at­ing head­lines and sell­ing tick­ets. He comes to Wash­ing­ton as a player who once earned up­ward of $30 mil­lion be­cause he could find the net like few oth­ers in the world, a larger-than-life ath­lete who’s the ca­reer scor­ing leader for both fa­bled Manch­ester United and the English na­tional team. Rooney, 32, has played 675 pro­fes­sional matches and an­other 112 with the na­tional team. “I be­lieve I can come in and help the team, but also the team ob­vi­ously can help me,” Rooney said. “It’s the right time for me.” Rooney made the rounds these past two weeks and was greeted with much fan­fare across the re­gion. He was met by a few hun­dred fans when he ar­rived June 28 at Dulles In­ter­na­tional Air­port. He was in­tro­duced to in­ter­na­tional me­dia at a news con­fer­ence down­town, and this week he was a fea­tured speaker at a rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony for the new sta­dium. from the or­ga­ni­za­tion came in 2015 and 2017, when JHU was ranked 13th. Ear­lier this sum­mer the Blue Jays were ranked 12th by Lindy’s and 18th by Street & Smith’s. Johns Hop­kins posted a 9-2 record, won a ninth con­sec­u­tive Cen­ten­nial Con­fer­ence ti­tle and ad­vanced to the NCAAPlay­offs for the sev­enth con­sec­u­tive year in 2017. Head coach Jim Mar­graff’s Blue Jays have won at least nine games in each of the last seven years and Hop­kins’ 52 wins in the last five years are the fifth-high­est to­tal among all Di­vi­sion III teams. Johns Hop­kins opens the sea­son on Thurs­day, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. when the Blue Jays host Ran­dolph-Ma­con.

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