Wayne Rooney’s DC United have signed Belgian striker Christian Benteke from Crystal Palace on a 2.5-year contract with the option of a further year, the Major League Soccer club announced on Friday. The former Aston Villa and Liverpool player, who has spent the last 10 seasons in the Premier League, will join his new club pending a work visa, DC United have said https://www.dcunited .com/news/dc-united -signe-belge-international-christian-benteke-de-crystal-palace.
No financial details of the move were disclosed. The 31-year-old, who had a year left on his contract with Palace, scored 37 goals in 177 games in all competitions during his six-year spell in south London.
“Christian is a top player who has been playing at the highest level for a long time,” head coach Rooney, who took over last month, told the club’s website. “His experience and his ability to score goals and help the team will be invaluable. It’s exciting for the team and myself to play him. He will make a huge difference.”
Benteke moved to England in 2012, signing for Villa from Belgian side Genk. He spent three seasons at Birmingham, scoring 49 goals in 101 games. He joined Liverpool in 2015 but struggled in his only season at the Merseyside club before moving to Palace. His best season in south London was 2016-17, when he netted 17 times in all competitions.
Benteke has also scored 18 goals in 45 appearances for Belgium since making his senior debut in 2010. “Christian has been crucial to this club’s Premier League run, having an immediate impact after signing and playing a pivotal role in the team ever since.” Palace chairman Steve Parish told the club’s website https://www.cpfc.co.uk/news/announcement/christian-benteke-joins-mls-after-six-years-at-crystal-palace /2022-08-04.
“We all wish him the best for the next stage of his career.” DC United are bottom of the MLS Eastern Conference standings with six wins, three draws and 13 losses in 22 games. They lost 3-0 to Charlotte on Wednesday.
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