Wayne Rooney boasts the fourth top-selling shirt in MLS, behind former team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic… and Arsenal flop Carlos Vela!
- Wayne Rooney has made an instant impression since moving to MLS
- Former England captain fired DC United to the play-offs at the weekend
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the top-selling shirt with Carlos Vela second
Wayne Rooney has made an immediate impact in MLS, firing DC United from the bottom of the table to the play-offs in just a few short months.
The former England captain’s success is also paying off off the pitch, as he has secured himself a place in the top five of the top selling shirts in the division.
Unsurprisingly it is Zlatan Ibrahimovic who tops the charts, but there is certainly one surprise name ahead of Rooney, who comes in fourth.
Wayne Rooney is the fourth highest shirt-seller in MLS despite only arriving in July
Former England captain has fired DC United from the bottom to the play-offs
Arsenal flop Carlos Vela, who made 62 appearances there in three years, is second on the list after joining Los Angeles in January.
While Vela will be familiar with many Premier League fans, the identity of the other player ahead of Rooney may leave many scratching their heads.
Little-known Venezuelan striker Josef Martinez sits in third, and his return of 52 goals in 59 games for Atlanta United goes some way to explaining why.
Rooney pips Miguel Almiron into fourth, and a number of other big names who make up the rest of the top 10, including another former team-mate – Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Unsurprisingly LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has the top-selling shirt in MLS
Mexico striker and Arsenal flop Carlos Vela is ahead of Rooney in second on the list
TOP SELLING SHIRTS IN MLS
1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic – LA Galaxy
2 Carlos Vela – Los Angeles
3 Josef Martinez – Atlanta United
4 Wayne Rooney – DC United
5 Miguel Almiron – Atlanta United
6 Bastian Schweinsteiger – Chicago Fire
7 David Villa – New York City
8 Sebastian Giovinco – Toronto
9 Clint Dempsey – Seattle Sounders
10 Ezequiel Barco – Atlanta United
11 Diego Valeri – Portland Timbers
12 Diego Rossi – Los Angeles
13 Bradley Wright-Phillips – New York Red Bulls
14 Giovani dos Santos – LA Galaxy
15 Darlington Nagbe – Atlanta United
16 Jozy Altidore – Toronto
17 Alphonso Davies – Vancouver Whitecaps
18 Hector Villalba – Atlanta United
19 Dom Dwyer – Orlando City
20 Luciano Acosta – DC United
21 Graham Zusi – Sporting KC
22 Cristian Roldan – Seattle Sounders
23 Darwin Quintero Jr – Minnesota United
24 Paul Arriola – DC United
25 Diego Chara – Portland Timbers
Behind the former Manchester United midfielder come David Villa, Sebastian Giovinco and Clint Dempsey.
Bradley Wright-Phillips is the second Englishman in the top 25, coming in at 13, with Orlando City’s Dom Dwyer in 19th.
Rooney’s high position is testament to the impact he has made since making the move to Washington official in July.
He has 12 goals in 19 games, scoring twice in the recent win over New York City that sealed a play-off spot.
If DC beat Chicago Fire next Sunday their play-off game will be at home, but Rooney insists his side are capable of beating anyone, irrespective of where they play.
Bradley Wright-Phillips is the second Englishman in the top 25, coming in at No 13
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