Christian Benteke arrives in US but must wait for debut for Wayne Rooney’s DC United
Posted by  badge Boss on Aug 08
Christian Benteke has made the move to MLS (Picture: Getty Images)

Christian Benteke has arrived in America after his unexpected move from to DC United, but will have to wait almost two weeks for his debut with Wayne Rooney’s struggling side.

The Belgian striker has signed a two-and-a-half year deal with DC United after 10 years in the Premier League which included spells at , Liverpool and Palace.

The 31-year-old is a big signing for the side managed by legend Rooney but he is unlikely to play in their next two games.

report that Benteke will go through meetings, orientation and limited workouts in the coming days, before heading back to Europe to finalise the visa process.

This means his debut is likely to come on 20 August against current MLS table-toppers Philadelphia Union.

Rooney is excited to get the big forward on board and help his side, which currently sits bottom of the Eastern Conference.

‘Christian is a top player who has played at the highest level for a long time,’ said . ‘His experience and ability to score goals and help the team will be invaluable. It’s exciting for the team and myself to get him in and playing. He will make a huge difference.

Wayne Rooney has taken on a tough task as DC United boss (Picture: Getty Images)

DC United’s president of soccer operations, Dave Kasper, added: ‘Being able to bring in a world-class player of Christian’s calibre is a huge testament to what’s going on behind the scenes at the club and our ability to draw top talent globally.

‘We have been extremely active in the transfer window, bringing in six players, and since Wayne Rooney’s appointment as our head coach we believe we have made major steps in putting together a roster that can both make a push to finish this season strong and build a foundation for us moving forward.’

Rooney will take charge of two MLS games before that clash with Union, travelling to New England and Los Angeles as he looks to turn around his team’s fortunes.

A goalless draw with New York Red Bulls at the weekend left DC United four points adrift from Toronto at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.


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