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Rooney Junior wants to be his own man in MLS trials

sports Updated: Jan 11, 2011 22:46 IST

Wayne Rooney's younger brother John began his American adventure on Monday with a goal in the Major League Soccer pre-draft trials after choosing to switch his career to the States.

The 20-year-old sibling of the Manchester United and England striker has been open about the fact that he sees a move to North America as a way to make his career "just me" rather than face constant comparisons with his brother in England.

That may prove to be a forlorn hope, given the growing Stateside interest in English soccer and the huge support for United, but the former Macclesfield Town midfielder says there are other attractions. "The standard of football plus the lifestyle is good too," the quietly spoken Liverpudlian said on Monday.

"I've watched plenty of (MLS) games since I began thinking of coming over, loads of games, I think it is a great league," he said.

A confidently struck goal from the edge of the penalty area on a field which is the only international standard cricket venue in the US was the first step Rooney took in a hectic week. Rooney has signed a deal with MLS which puts him into this week's draft.

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