Saturday, 14 July 2018


England all-time goals leader Wayne Rooney made a triumphant Major League Soccer debut as a reserve Saturday, assisting on a goal in DC United’s 3-1 rout of Vancouver.
The 32-year-old striker, the star attraction in the opening match for United’s new 20,000-seat stadium, entered in the 58th minute and helped set up Paul Arriola’s goals in the 69th and 80th minutes after Yamil Asad provided United a half-time lead.
Rooney, a former Manchester United star who played for hometown Everton last year, signed a 3 1/2-year deal worth $13 million with United on Tuesday when the transfer window opened and four days later was the star attraction in a venue already nicknamed “Wayne’s World.”
The $500 million Audi Field features a Rooney-dominated front banner declaring “This is Our House.”
A Rooney buzz was felt throughout the grounds with dozens of fans sporting his number 9 United jersey and a crowd flanking the entry tunnel greeting him with a huge cheer as DC took the field for a pre-game workout.
United opened the scoring in the 27th minute when Argentine midfielder Asad blasted a right-footed shot from just outside the top of the penalty area into the upper right corner of the goal.
Asad raced to the sidelines to celebrate and the second player to hug him was Rooney, who had been exercising with other reserves when the goal was scored.
Vancouver’s Kei Kamara headed the ball off the crossbar in the 32nd minute and Whitecaps defender Jose Aja’s header rolled outside the right post in the 43rd minute as United kept a 1-0 edge at half-time.

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