Wayne Rooney’s Brace Inspires D.C. To Playoff-Clinching Win Over NYC FC

D.C.’s Rooney-inspired turnaround reached a fitting conclusion today: A ticket to the 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs.

The ridiculous transformation that D.C. United’s experienced since the arrival of Wayne Rooney reached a fitting conclusion today with a 3-1 victory over New York City FC and a berth in the 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs. Rooney scored twice for United and strike partner Luciano Acosta was also on the scoresheet before David Villa struck a late consolation goal on a celebratory day at Audi Field.

With only a trip to Chicago next weekend remaining on D.C.’s regular season schedule, the Black-and-Red took care of business at home against the East’s third-best side. 

Rooney’s first arrived in the eighth minute after some fantastic work by Acosta out wide. 

Acosta then doubled United’s lead in the 24th minute with a perfect strike after Rooney caused NYC's defense problems at the top of the box. 

The third, and Rooney’s second, came from the spot in the 74th. The Englishman now has 12 goals in 19 appearances for D.C.

Villa, who’s missed a number of matches through injury this season, then got his 13th of the year with a pretty finish in the 78th. 

D.C. finishes the regular season next Sunday against Chicago, while NYC hosts Philadelphia. There’s still the possibility that D.C. and New York could meet in the first round of the playoffs. 

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