DC United 3-1 in New York City: Wayne Rooney scores twice as the hosts increase by securing the playoff spot
- Wayne Rooney opened the scoring from close range after just eight minutes.
- Rooney established Luciano Acosta for the second goal before converting the penalty
- The victory ensures that DC United has earned a place in the MLS play-offs
Wayne Rooney struck twice for DC United when they confirmed their postseason playoff in the MLS with a convincing victory over New York City at Audi Field.
Rooney only took eight minutes to score, playing at home from close range after a magical dribble from attacking teammate Luciano Acosta.
Acosta, tied for the league lead with 17 assists, made his way through several defenders while dribbling down the left sideline and then turning in the final line. As he approached the goal, he found Rooney at the front for his 11th goal, leader in the team.
Wayne Rooney scored to inspire DC United to an impressive victory over New York City
Rooney and Luciano Acosta formed a lethal partnership to help DC United play-offs
Rooney celebrates with his DC United teammates after scoring in the first half on Sunday
Rooney returned the favor within 24 minutes and ordered Acosta to roll up in his house from outside the box.
Rooney was on hand to bring home a late penalty, before former Barcelona striker David Villa withdrew a goal with a smart finish when DC United completed a remarkable fitness spin to extend his season.
Yangel Herrera established Villa's goal in his first action after being sidelined five months after the ankle surgery.
DC United is now unbeaten in nine consecutive games, with five straight wins.
New York City has only one win in its last nine games and only one week left in the regular season.
Rooney has been instrumental to DC United since joining the MLS club earlier this year.
The 3-1 victory over New York City guarantees that DC United has earned a place in the MLS play-offs