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August 11, 2010 at 1:02 PM

A stop and chat with Sounders FC trialist John Rooney

(How did you end up coming to the U.S.?) “I’ve been at Macclesfield for a few years and Seattle gave me the opportunity to come over and train with them. I think the league’s excellent, so I wanted to come over and progress my career over here.”

(What about MLS attracted you?) “Just like the all the facilities, the training, it’s all good so far. So I fancied getting a move over here to get my career.”

(What have your impressions been so far?) “I’ve loved it. The training’s been good. I went to the game on Sunday, the stadium’s fantastic. The fans are unbelievable. The fans are great, just as good as the Premiership standard. It was fantastic, I really enjoyed it.”

(Anyone impress you out there?) “There’s a few good players out here, and on the game Sunday I saw a few good players as well. They can definitely all play, they’re some good players.”

(Has the MLS single-entity system been a little confusing?) “No. Not really. It’s been OK and I’ve enjoyed it all so far.”

(On being Wayne Rooney’s brother in the same profession?) “It’s good. He’s one of the world’s best players so it’s good to have that as your brother, but I’m out here to build on my own career and hopefully I do well myself.”

(On being a midfielder) “I’ve been in midfield all my life, since I was a boy. That’s where I’ve spent my life playing.”

(On the style of play) “It’s a pretty similar league to the one I was playing in. Physical. It’s a physical league as I watched on Sunday and in training. It’s physical. So basically it’s more or less the same. Physical. It’s good.”

(Are you targeted in England due to your last name?) “Not really. Sometimes you might by some people, but you just have to get on with it. It’s a physical league so you have to expect them to treat it that way.”

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