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Sunday 19 May 2019

WATCH: Wayne Rooney opens his scoring account for DC United with nutmeg but breaks his nose late in the game

D.C. United forward Wayne Rooney is assisted on the sideline after getting injured
D.C. United forward Wayne Rooney is assisted on the sideline after getting injured
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Wayne Rooney has made his mark in America's Major League Soccer, after he scored his first goal for D.C. United in their 2-1 win against Colorado Rapids.

Rooney, who was captaining his new club as they look to haul themselves off the bottom of the Eastern Conference table, fired a shot past a former Manchester United team-mate in Colorado keeper Tim Howard, before he was mobbed by team-mates to toast the moment.

D.C. United went on to snatch a dramatic and morale boosting victory as a Nikki Jackson own goal in the final minute of the game handed them a win, with Rooney's golden moment firing the starting gun on his spell in America.

Rooney was also left with a bloodied nose which he sustained late in the game.

Tweeting after the game, Rooney said: “Delighted to score my first goal for @dcunited last night and more importantly a big 3 points at @AudiField… And a broken nose and 5 stitches”

DC United coach Ben Olson said Rooney’s willingness to put his body on the line bore testament to what sort of player he is.

“I don’t think it’s the first time he’s bled in a game. He is a tough guy and I think that he will shake it off,” Olson told his club’s official website.

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“But again, it shows you what this means to him right now. He is in the box, putting his face on the line, understanding that this is a big moment.

“He has been fantastic in every aspect, in every way that we want him to be with this group... with his leadership and goal-scoring ability. Hopefully, it can continue to get better.”

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