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.
Messi Against Vettel, Nadal
Abu Dhabi: Ballon d'Or Lionel Messi will be competing with the likes of tennis star Rafael Nadal and Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel for the 2011 Laureus World Sportsman of the year award to be presented next month.
Argentine footballer Messi, who was last night bestowed with the FIFA's Ballon d'Or award for the second time in his career as the world's best player of 2010, will also have to fight it out with his Barcelona teammate Spain's Andres Iniesta, legendary Basketball player USA's Kobe Bryant and Philippines' boxer Manny Pacquiao for the prestigious award.