Indeed, he has often looked like a passenger, left trailing after younger, fitter but less talented players in most games.
With the Washington-based club now sat at the foot of the Eastern Conference, with already little hope of a playoff finish so early in the season, Rooney could return to the Premier League on-loan during the off-season should he move.
The veteran midfielder is set to retire at the end of the season and the now Everton man has happily paid him tribute in a rather classy manner. At 33, he remains one of the league's best finishers.
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If Rooney signs, he would not be eligible to play until the MLS transfer and trade window opens July 10.
A formal agreement between the various sides is not imminent, and some inside DC headquarters say they are tempering expectations because such proposed deals can turn at any moment.
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"Then he goes to Manchester United and has an incredible career".
"I have a contract - a one-year contract".
Rooney was reportedly close to moving to MLS at the end of last season, but instead rejoined Everton at the end of a 13-year trophy-laden spell at Manchester United. This next move has to be right for his lifestyle and his family. Then he is in the Premier League again with Everton, so I think his career in England was ideal. United's training grounds and stadium are in the city, but next spring, the club plans to christen a new training centre in Leesburg. The club later said he has a knee injury and was receiving treatment at their training base before leaving around midday.
Allardyce admitted he had heard "rumours" about a potential Rooney move this summer, but said: "There are rumours about Wayne going elsewhere overseas - in China and America - but rumours are rumours we won't find out until Wayne and his agent have been contacted whether he wants to move, but at the moment he is an Everton fan and an Everton player".
Regardless of instigating a attainable transfer away from Everton - it's understood proprietor Farhad Moshiri authorised approaches by membership officers to each DC United and golf equipment in China - there's now the distinct chance Rooney will likely be requested to stay on Merseyside subsequent season.