RBNY's Rooney no fan of Manchester United

Red Bulls draftee bleeds blue, looks up to the Toffees' No. 10

John Rooney

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NEW YORK – In the days leading up to the MLS SuperDraft, English midfielder John Rooney confessed
that fans were mistaken if they thought he supported Manchester United because
his brother, Wayne, plays there.

“I support Everton,” the New York Red Bulls draftee told MLSsoccer.com. “It
will always be my team.”

Like his brother, Rooney started in the Everton youth system
at the age of six and eventually latched on with Macclesfield Town when Everton did not
sign him to a deal. He trained with another Merseyside club, Tranmere Rovers, in the lead-up to the MLS Player Combine.

He also considers Everton’s No. 10 playmaker – Spaniard
Mikel Arteta – as his role model. The former Glasgow Rangers midfielder has been with the Toffees since the
2004-05 season.

“Arteta enjoys being on the ball and creates stuff,” Rooney
said. “I like getting on the ball and making stuff happen.”

As an Everton fan, Rooney is also in touch with fan
sentiment regarding LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan, who enjoyed a successful loan
spell there in 2010.

Donovan declined a second consecutive offseason loan request in December, choosing instead to take a prolonged break ahead of the start of
the LA Galaxy training camp.

“The fans wanted him to go back,” Rooney said. “The fans
loved him.”

Rooney will now be hoping that he can replicate that same experience
during his stay with the Red Bulls.