- The Washington Times - Monday, August 13, 2018

Wayne Rooney has settled into Major League Soccer in the six weeks he’s played for D.C. United, it’s safe to say.

United would not have won Sunday’s match against Orlando City 3-2 if they hadn’t acquired Rooney in July.

In extra time with the match tied, Orlando goalkeeper Joe Bendik cleared a ball halfway up the field where one of his teammates was in the clear — and D.C.’s net was empty. But Rooney hustled after him, made this heroic tackle, kept the ball in play and set up Luciano Acosta for the thrilling game-winner:

“It was strange, we went from losing the game basically to winning in the space of five seconds,” Rooney said. “It’s great. They’re the best games of football to win.”

Don’t give Rooney all the credit: Acosta completed a hat trick on that play, scoring all three of D.C.’s goals Sunday.

United moved to 5-9-6 (21 points) with the win. D.C. is 3-2-1 since the Rooney acquisition and 3-1-0 at the new Audi Field.

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