- Associated Press - Thursday, August 12, 2010

TUKWILA, WASH. (AP) - The younger brother of English striker Wayne Rooney is currently on trial with Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders.

The team has confirmed that 19-year-old John Rooney is practicing with the club. He joined the team for its training session on Tuesday, but is not property of the Sounders.

If he were to join the league, Rooney would have to go through the MLS Superdraft.

Seattle coach Sigi Schmid tells The Seattle Times that Rooney was brought to their attention and, with having a full week of training at home, decided to give him a look — along with some other players.

Rooney has played for Macclesfield Town in England’s League Two.

He had a trial last year with Derby County of the Championship division.