Seeking to gain on Wayne Rooney’s worldwide fame, D.C. United is exploring opportunities to control a apportionment of training stay distant from home in early 2019, a Insider has learned.
Possible destinations embody China, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Indonesia.
United will spend a bulk of preseason in Clearwater, Fla., though with general transport underneath consideration, a report stays unsettled. MLS teams will start grave workouts Jan. 21.
Without charity specifics, General Manager Dave Kasper pronounced Wednesday that United is looking during “an general destination” for partial of training stay and that a classification is still finalizing plans. People informed with a team’s skeleton pronounced Saturday that Asia and a Middle East are in a mix.
The Insider reported in Jul that promoters in China had approached United about a intensity debate this winter, centered around Rooney, a former Manchester United and English inhabitant group luminary who assimilated D.C. this past summer and desirous a swell from final place to a playoffs.
Beyond his world-class on-field talents, Rooney was brought to Washington on a multimillion dollar income for his selling power. With a striker on a roster, United has enjoyed tellurian brand-building and visibility, quite in Europe.
Soccer is extravagantly renouned via Asia and a Middle East, even if a regions do not furnish many high-quality players and teams. Undoubtedly, Rooney and United would pull large crowds for appearances, open training sessions and friendlies.
With English idol David Beckham employed between 2007 and 2012, a Los Angeles Galaxy visited China, Indonesia, Philippines and Australia.
United typically conducts training stay during warm-weather U.S. locations, such as Florida’s west coast, Orlando, Austin and Charleston, S.C.
On occasion, a group has left abroad for preseason workouts and matches: Japan and Hong Kong in 1997; Bermuda in 1999; and Spain in 2006. Also, Concacaf competitions have taken United to Central America, Mexico and a Caribbean early in a year.
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