In his second start in MLS, Wayne Rooney has produced his first goal for D.C. United. Rooney, on his first night as the club’s new captain, struck in the 33rd minute against the Colorado Rapids, sliding the ball past his former Manchester United teammate Tim Howard in the process. Luciano Acosta and Zoltan Stieber were credited with assists on the play.
Here is a clip of the goal, courtesy of Major League Soccer:
Rooney, in his fourth appearance after a blockbuster move to MLS, started the game up front in Ben Olsen’s 4141 formation as United looked to bounce back from a tough loss against the New York Red Bulls. On the play, Junior Moreno won a tackle at midfield, pushing the ball to Stieber. Stieber looked inside to Acosta, who immediately produced a lovely pass to give Rooney space to muscle past Tommy Smith before firing a shot between Howard’s feet.
United had survived an early penalty kick to the Rapids, which Kellyn Acosta—on his debut—fired off the post in the 26th minute. Until Rooney’s goal, United had largely dominated possession but had created few genuine chances.