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Wayne Rooney’s first MLS start for DC United didn’t go to plan

The former Manchester United and Everton man endured a difficult start to his career in MLS

We all want him to be a success in America, right?

Wayne Rooney’s new life in MLS with DC United is well underway, having now made two appearances since his free transfer from Everton this summer.

The 32-year-old joined DC with the hope of saving their season, as his new side currently sit bottom of the Eastern conference.


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A new challenge

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A new challenge

Rooney’s impact stateside was clearly felt instantly, after he came off the bench to make his debut and help DC to a 3-1 win over Vancouver.

It would appear however that the feel good factor surrounding Rooney’s arrival has since worn off.

The former United man made his first start for DC in their clash with Atlanta United last night, but was helpless to stop his side slumping to a 3-1 defeat.

In fact, Rooney was one of the main reasons behind the defeat, after he was arguably the worst player on the pitch.

He looked short of match fitness

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He looked short of match fitness

England and United’s record scorer had a torrid time on his first start, cutting something similar to the frustrated figure we had seen for the last few seasons in England.

It had all started so well for Rooney after he saw his side take lead in the 8th minute, before Atlanta restored parity.

The English No9 was celebrating early on

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The English No9 was celebrating early on

Just when you would expect the experience of Rooney to help guide his side after they lost the lead, he did the opposite and sparked a demise.

A poor free-kick and bizarre follow-up effort was the first head in hands moment for Rooney.

It didn’t quite go to plan…

That moment however wasn’t even the worst of the game for DC’s new No9.

He committed one of football’s cardinal sins when his sloppy square pass found only an Atlanta player, who capitalised on his mistake to devastating effect.

Rooney’s reaction afterwards says it all…

The old Rooney would have chased after that with all his life, ensuring that his mistake didn’t lead to a goal.

In unsurprising scenes, the 32-year-old then picked up his customary yellow card after lashing out at a defender.

He even moaned at the referee after the booking.

Some things never change…

Rooney’s misery was then compounded after he was substituted with 30 minutes still to play, as DC went onto lose 3-1.

As Zlatan Ibrahimovic continues his impressive start to life with LA Galaxy, Rooney’s wait for his first MLS goal continues.

A frustrating night for Rooney

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A frustrating night for Rooney

I bet he thought this soccer business would be a walk in the park…


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