Rooney’s Master Class In Turning Defense Into Attack Wins Three Points At The Death

There’s a reason some call him the White Pele.

During a goal-packed, explosive MLS game between D.C. United and Orlando City on Sunday night, Wayne Rooney and Luciano Acosta combined to destroy Orlando at the death. United won 3-2 with Acosta’s hat-trick (two supplied by Rooney) surpassing the efforts of an own goal and Dom Dwyer.

In the 96th minute, a failed D.C. corner left their own net without a keeper (United's David Ousted had come forward despite the 2-2 scoreline — D.C. had to win this one) as Orlando’s Will Johnson sought to capitalize on the counter — until Rooney started rampaging.

What? You put the boy wonder in a team that ends with the word "United" and you expect him to take it easy?

Although D.C. remains bottom of the Eastern Conference, their celebration is nothing but well deserved.

D.C. face Portland on Wednesday, Aug. 15, then New England on Sunday, Aug. 19. The 32-year-old White Pele better make a habit out of this if D.C. is to make a playoff push.

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