Christian Benteke joins DC United in MLS


Belgian international striker Christian Benteke, who has spent the past 10 years in the Premier League, joined Major League Soccer’s DC United, coached by Wayne Rooney, on Friday, the club announced.

United secured the 31-year-old striker on a permanent transfer from Crystal Palace and signed him on a contract until the 2024 season with a club option for 2025.

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« Christian is a top player who has played at the top level for a long time, » said former England and Manchester United star Rooney.

“His experience and ability to score goals and help the team will be invaluable. It’s exciting for the team and myself to play him. It will make a huge difference.

United will need all the help they can get with a record of just six wins and three draws for 21 points, the second worst in the North American league at 28 teams.

Benteke has scored 86 goals in 280 Premier League appearances for Aston Villa, Liverpool and Palace.

Benteke becomes the sixth player to join United since Rooney was appointed manager last month.

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