Wayne Rooney’s DC United signs Leeds’ Mateusz Klich on a two-year deal


DC United signs Leeds’ Mateusz Klich on a two-year deal as Wayne Rooney reveals he’s been keeping an eye on ‘first-rate midfielder’ since he helped Whites gain promotion to the Premier League

  • Mateusz Klich has officially left Leeds United for Wayne Rooney’s DC United
  • The midfielder had been at the club since 2017 and helped them get promoted
  • Klich played a significant role during Leeds’ first two seasons back in top flight
  • But he fell out of favor this year and didn’t start a league game for Jesse Marsch
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DC United has announced the signing of Mateusz Klich from Leeds United on a two-year deal, with an option for 2025.

The midfielder joined the club in 2017 and helped Leeds gain promotion to the Premier League in 2020.

Klich played a significant role in Leeds’ first two seasons back in England’s top flight but hadn’t started a game this year for Jesse Marsch’s side.

Klich has joined Wayne Rooney's DC United

Mateusz Klich first joined Leeds in 2017 and was there for six seasons before DC United move

He should certainly find more playing time in MLS, as DC United coach Wayne Rooney revealed he’s been keeping tabs on him for three years. 

‘Mateusz is a first-rate midfielder who will add top-level experience to our roster,’ Rooney said in a team statement.

‘I’ve been watching him since he helped lead Leeds to promotion to the Premier League and his vision, range of passing, and scoring ability will be a huge asset for us this season.’

Marsch and the rest of the Leeds squad paid tribute to Klich on January 4 after the team’s 2-2 draw with West Ham, wearing special t-shirts after it was announced he would leave the club.

Klich's Leeds teammates paid tribute to him after the team drew 2-2 with West Ham last week

Klich’s Leeds teammates paid tribute to him after the team drew 2-2 with West Ham last week

And manager Jesse Marsch got in on the act as well, wearing a shirt of Klich smoking a cigar

And manager Jesse Marsch got in on the act as well, wearing a shirt of Klich smoking a cigar

In 195 matches across all competitions for Leeds, Klich scored 24 goals and recorded 21 assists.

That includes a four-goal, five assist season in the club’s return to the Premier League in 2020-21.

‘This offseason was important for us to analyze our roster and see where we can make improvements after a disappointing 2022 season,’ DC United President of Soccer Operations Dave Kasper said.

Klich found it hard to break into the starting lineup this season before leaving the club

Klich found it hard to break into the starting lineup this season before leaving the club

‘Bringing in a top class designated player was atop our priority list and Mateusz has played at the highest levels for both club and country. He will add a ton of experience in the midfield and will be an impact player for us this season and beyond. We’re excited to welcome him to the Nation’s Capital.’

DC United will hope Klich will improve a squad that finished last in the Eastern Conference last season with 27 points. 

Footage of Rooney addressing his DC team ahead of the 2023 MLS season has emerged and told them he’s not finishing bottom again.

Fellow ex-Premier League player Christian Benteke also joined the team last year.

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