- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 13, 2019

Besides the Major League Soccer season, American MLS teams also compete for the U.S. Open Cup, a domestic knockout tournament that also includes minor-league teams and amateur clubs that can enter via qualification rounds.

D.C. United had a tense fourth-round match Wednesday against the Philadelphia Union, but then someone made the mistake of committing a foul in the box, and Wayne Rooney stepped in.

Rooney scored on a penalty kick in the 120th minute to deliver United a 2-1 victory and push the team into the Round of 16.

The English star beat goalkeeper Matt Freese to the keeper’s right. Watch below:

All three goals were scored in the late stages of extra time after D.C. and Philadelphia finished 90 minutes without a score. Union scored first, but United tied it in the 118th minute with a goal by Chris McCann, assisted by Rooney.

United will play NYC F.C. in the Round of 16 Wednesday at Audi Field.

The winner of the U.S. Open Cup receives $300,000 in prize money. United has won the tournament three times since it was founded in 1994; no team has won it more than five times.

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