But here's the thing: Rooney isn't even having that poor of a season with Everton.
As was the case a year ago, Rooney has no shortage of offers to move overseas, lucrative deals possible in the United States or elsewhere.
The US transfer window opens on July 10.
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The MLS club would have to fork out around $17 million for him. Time waits for no man, and it appears to have caught up with Rooney, who has cut a frustrated figure in recent months as his body won't do what his mind directs.
DC United finished last in the Eastern Conference a year ago, scoring a co-MLS-low 31 goals while surrendering 60, losing out on goal-difference to Western Conference doormat Los Angeles Galaxy for the league basement.
With 119 caps from 2003 through 2016, Rooney is England's all-time leading goal-scorer with 59.
Following a unsuccessful spell in Los Angeles with the Galaxy, Angel moved to Chivas USA, where he scored 12 goals in 32 games over two seasons.
And it looked as if he was doing so in the earlier stages of the season, scoring a hatful of goals including a hat trick against West Ham.
Indeed, as it stands Bookmakers believe that Rooney is most likely to remain on Merseyside, with PaddyPower listing him at 4/11 to remain whilst they offer 9/4 to play for any MLS club.