Wayne Rooney broke his MLS duck for DC United on Saturday night, and his goal came with an added Manchester United connection.
The former England captain has been slowly but surely finding his feet in the United States, with several appearances under his belt since making a summer move from Everton.
Having already endeared himself to his new fans with his mere presence, Rooney gave the DC United supporters further cause for adulation with his MLS first goal in the side’s 2-1 victory over Colorado Rapids.
The 32-year-old opened the scoring just after the half-hour mark, collecting a pass from Luciano Acosta before holding off a challenge from the defence and sliding past the goalkeeper’s legs.
In this case, the beaten keeper was none other than former Man United stopper Tim Howard, who played with Rooney for two seasons before moving to Everton in 2006.
An eventful match for Rooney also saw the forward suffer a broken nose while defending a corner in the dying minutes, which could possibly rule him out of the side’s upcoming clash with Montreal Impact next weekend.
DC United would go on to win the match 2-1 courtesy of a last-minute own goal, but the three points were not enough to see the side narrow that gap at the MLS Eastern Conference, with Toronto’s 3-0 victory over Chicago Fire (in which fellow Man United alumni Bastian Schweinsteiger was in midfield for the defeated side) keeps the gap at the foot of the pool at five points.
Nonetheless, Rooney continues to make a good impression in his new surroundings.