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Cole adamant Rooney joining DC United indicates MLS growth

LA Galaxy defender Ashley Cole is looking forward to reuniting with Wayne Rooney in the United States.

The Everton striker is expected to complete a move to DC United, after being pictured in the nation's capital yesterday. His new contract will reportedly run until 2020.

And Cole, who played with Rooney for England, believes the addition of Manchester United's record goalscorer shows how much Major League Soccer has progressed.

"I think it's good," said Cole. "I think it shows the improvement of the league.

"He's a little bit older, but to attract these kind of players is great for the league. ... I'm excited if he does come to play against him again.

"It's always different to the Premier League.

"We're getting older when we leave [England for MLS], so he's not going to be the 18-year-old Wayne Rooney. But I think he's still got enough quality for this league.

When you look at the calibre of [big-name] players that have come, most of them have won [championships and cups] and understand that mentality of winning.

"That never goes away. Not just me, but you see other players want to come and want to work for their team."

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