Wayne Rooney scores beyond halfway line for DC United

Wayne Rooney scored an incredible goal from within his own half to seal DC United a 1-0 victory over Orlando City in the MLS.

Rooney took just 10 minutes at Audi Field to put DC ahead by firing from inside his own half after seeing Orlando keeper Brian Rowe away from his goal.

The Manchester United legend’s ninth MLS goal of the season proved to be enough to earn DC a valuable three points on Wednesday. It also ended the club’s five-match winless streak.

But Rooney, who has scored some memorable long-range stunners across his career, revealed the goal was no fluke as shooting from beyond halfway is something he often practises.

“I thought it was nice and it was special to score the goal. It’s something that I’ve practised so many times,” said Rooney on DC’s website.

“Different managers and team-mates are like, ‘Why are you practising this? You won’t score from this position’. But for nights like tonight, that’s why I do practice it.

“It was a good strike and an important goal for us.”

Friday will be Rooney’s first anniversary at DC upon completing a transfer from boyhood club Everton last summer.


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Despite now being 33 years old, the former England captain has thrived over in Washington and is clearly loving the experience.

“It’s been fantastic. I’ve enjoyed my time here over the course of the year and there is still a lot more to come,” said Rooney.

“We know we can play better. First half we played well, second half we know we can do better, but the win was the important thing because we haven’t won in a few games in the league.

“Winning was the main thing.”

Rooney has managed 23 goals and 11 assists in 40 appearances for DC since last summer.

The five-time Premier League winner will be back in action on Sunday in another home match against Toronto FC.

Third-place side DC will hope to collect another win this weekend as they are just two points adrift of MLS Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia Union.

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 14: Wayne Rooney #9 of DC United looks on before playing against the Vancouver Whitecaps during his MLS debut at Audi Field on July 14, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)


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