Former England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney continued his rich vein of form for DC United by scoring an outrageous free-kick in his side’s game with Orlando City SC.
The Englishman has now scored three goals in four Major League Soccer games so far this year.
He notched a hat-trick against Real Salt Lake in DC’s 5-0 win, whilst also contributing with an assist.
Rooney doubled the score in the 30th, curling a free-kick from just yards (meters) away from the corner flag into the top corner past Orlando keeper Brian Rowe.
Orlando coach James O’Connor called for officials to review the goal for a potential foul on Rowe by DC defender Frederic Brillant, but VAR confirmed the goal.
Orlando were already irked that the free-kick was awarded at all since it was unclear if Dom Dwyer’s lunge at Rooney resulted in contact.
Orlando halved the deficit thanks to Dwyer’s 63rd-minute close-range header, but DC held them off to notch a first away win since May 19, 2018 — a streak that included 11 games and stretched back to before Rooney arrived at mid-season last year.
Dwyer’s goal was the first conceded by DC this season and energized the hosts, who pushed forward relentlessly in the final 30 minutes but couldn’t find an equalizer.