The MLS is still buzzing from the latest transfer window where the League broke its record of highest transfer received with the sale of Miguel Almiron from Atlanta to Newcastle United. The transfer of Almiron created a lot of publicity in the MLS and England for various reasons.
Almiron made his Newcastle debut in their 2-0 victory at home to Huddersfield and one player watching in America was DC United star, Wayne Rooney. Rooney speaking in the press conference before DC United’s first game of the season referenced the performance of Almiron as a game changer for the league.
According to the Manchester United legend players moving from the MLS to top leagues in Europe such as England, Spain and Italy would reflect positively on the league. He also hinted that if the players are able to perform and succeed the opinion of the MLS as a retirement league would change across the world.
Almiron is not the only high profile player to leave the leave as youngster Alphonso Davies was snapped up by German giants Bayern Munich. While 20-year-old Tyler Adams was signed by Leipzig in the MLS offseason.
However, the MLS has shown its potential to replace those players with Atlanta signing the current South American player of the year Pity Martinez as the replacement for Almiron. DC United open their season against Atlanta United in what promises to be a classic.
The Capital outfit would be reliant on Rooney alongside strike partner Luciano Acosta as the club seeks to move a step closer and win the MLS title this season. Rooney was sensational for DC United last season scoring 12 goals in 21 appearances as he led DC United to the playoffs despite joining mid-season.