Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney believes Major League Soccer is capable of becoming one of the world's best competitions. The 25-year old England international is in Boston with his Red Devils teammates preparing for tonight's clash with New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium and has spoken highly of North America's domestic league.
"I think the league is definitely on the rise and I'm sure in the next five, 10 years, it'll be one of the major leagues in football, I think," Rooney said in an exclusive interview with MLSsoccer.com.
"American players who have played in the Premier League have done very well," he added. "Brian McBride, I've played with him at Everton. Joe-Max Moore when I was a young lad [at Everton]. Clint Dempsey has done really well. Brad Friedel has done incredible over the last 10 years.
"When you see the way they play and then you look at the MLS, it's similar to the way they play. They work hard. They're physical. They've got quality."
And Rooney was also complimentary of the US national team, who held his Three Lions to a 1-1 draw at the World Cup in South Africa last summer.
"The way the US played against us in the World Cup, they're so committed," he said further.
"And I think for any team to have players who are committed like that, it's a great ability to have to be committed and work hard."