Wayne Rooney’s Tackle, Winning Assist Makes Him D.C. United Hero

Aubrey Yates
August 15, 2018

Nevertheless, Rooney showed that he still has plenty left in the tank as well as the desire to make his stint with DC United a success, and this will undoubtedly be replayed over and over Stateside as it quite simply is a brilliant sequence of play from the former England worldwide.

Wayne Rooney has pulled off one of the greatest counter-attacking plays you will see in the game, let alone the MLS.

His DC United career got off to a slow start but he eventually found the net, and suffered a broken nose in the same game!

Orlando, who were looking to break on a risky looking counter attack, were stopped in their tracks by a superb last-ditch sliding tackle from Rooney.

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So when the corner resulted in a loose ball that Orlando quickly pounced on and took towards the empty United goal, Rooney sprinted back to make a goal-saving tackle. Having won only two of their first 19 games of the 2018 MLS season, Rooney's debut, during which he produced an assist, immediately saw a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The 32-year-old charged back to save his team with a slide tackle before carrying the ball forward and picking out a stunning 40-yard pass.

DC United is now 11th in the Eastern Conference and desperately needs points to climb the table.

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