England and United’s record goalscorer once again proved his class against Orlando City on Wednesday night
Wayne Rooney is still doing the business over in America.
The former Everton, Manchester United and England star has been a big hit Stateside since joining DC United in 2018, impressing with his attitude and workrate – not to mention his undoubted football skills.
And Rooney once again demonstrated he has plenty left in the tank with an incredible strike from his own half during DC’s MLS clash with Orlando City on Wednesday night.
Spotting Orlando goalkeeper Brian Rowe well off his line after a corner had been cleared, the 33-year-old didn’t hesitate as he unleashed a first-time strike from 70 yards which arrowed into the back of the net.
It is the THIRD time Rooney has scored from halfway line in his career. The ex-England captain also netted a long-range wonder goal for Everton against West Ham in 2017 and for Man United, against the same opposition, three years earlier.
“I spotted the ‘keeper maybe a couple minutes before we scored and I’d seen that he was quite high,” said Rooney, whose sensational strike sealed a 1-0 victory for DC.
“I knew if the ball fell to me near the halfway line, then the opportunity would be there for me to shoot it.
“He was probably a bit further out than normally because they were in possession of the ball, and it was through them losing it that it fell straight into my path. I knew immediately I was going to shoot it and, thankfully, I got it right.”
Rooney joined DC United last year with the club bottom of the Eastern Conference and inspired an instant turnaround, leading them into the playoffs.
This season they are sit third in the Eastern Conference table after 18 games, with Rooney DC’s top scorer on nine goals.