Wayne Rooney’s making headlines again. This time though, it’s in relation to football – well soccer if you’re a DC United fan – and not his personal life!
It wasn’t so long ago when Rooney was gracing pitches up and down the country in the Premier League but after his short spell at Everton he made the switch to the US.
Following in the footsteps of David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Bradley Wright-Phillips, Rooney headed for the ‘Land of the Free’, signing for DC United in June.
It was thought to be a bit of an odd decision at the time, especially as DC United are regarded as one of the worst teams in the MLS.
They’ve fallen on tough times as of late, despite being a bit of a superpower between 1996 and 2004, where they won four MLS cups.
On Saturday night, (July 28), United won for just the second time since May 19, beating Colorado Rapids 2-1.
Rooney scored his first goal for his new team in their 2-1 win at the Audi Field.
Rooney gave his side the lead on the 33-minute mark, after running onto a pass from Luciano Acosta, before slipping the ball between the legs of his former Manchester United teammate, Tim Howard.
However, his momentous night wasn’t done with just yet.
With United seeing out the game having re-established their lead, thanks to an own goal from Niki Jackson, the former England captain suffered a broken nose when defending a corner.
Check it out below:
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) July 29, 2018
Despite Rooney leaving the pitch with blood spurting from his face, the 32-year-old’s manager, Ben Olsen, played down the injury.
Speaking to media after the game, he said:
I don’t think it’s the first time he’s bled in a game. He is a tough guy and I think that he will shake it off.
Olsen continued to praise Rooney, specifically the impact the footballer has made since joining the club:
He has been fantastic in every aspect, in every way that we want him to be with this group – with his leadership and goal-scoring ability. Hopefully, it can continue to get better.
Despite DC United’s win last night, they remain bottom of MLS’s Eastern Conference.
— D.C. United (@dcunited) July 29, 2018
Following the end of the World Cup earlier this month, if the MLS isn’t doing quite enough to whet your football appetite, then fear not, you haven’t got long to go now.
The EFL Championship kicks off on Friday, August 3, at 20:00 BST when Reading will take on Frank Lampard’s new Derby side at the Madejski Stadium.
Then, on August 10, the Premier League will start, with Manchester United at home to Leicester City on Friday night at 20:00 BST.
Fans of the Premier League’s newcomers, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Cardiff City and Fulham can finally start singing: ‘We are Premier League’.
Being an Aston Villa fan, I’m not bitter one bit about Fulham taking what should have been our spot, after losing in the play-off final at Wembley.
2018/19 season is OUR season – you heard it here first!
Anyway Wayne, I hope the nose sorts itself out soon!
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A sports enthusiast with a BA (Hons) in Sports Journalism, who can be found predominantly at Villa Park. Having completed a Masters in Broadcast Journalism, she then went on to work at Sky Sports, the BBC, and the Mirror. When not engrossed in sport, it’s animals, guitars, and Liam Gallagher which take main focus.