Wayne Rooney – his superb performances for DC United have fired his new club within touching distance of the Major League Soccer (MLS)play-offs. Bookmakers in Rooney’s home land rate DC as a 40/1 chance to win the MLS Cup, although those odds will be slashed if the former England star can work his magic during the remaining regular season matches.
The 32-year-old has flourished since leaving Everton to join the MLS side in the summer, scoring five goals in 14 games. DC won just two of their opening matches this term, but seven victories and three draws since Rooney joined the club highlights the impact he has made.
The Black-and-Red face their biggest match of the season this Saturday when they face Montreal Impact at Audi Field. DC have two games in hand on the Canadian side and a victory this weekend would put them in pole position to nab the final play-off place in the Eastern Conference.
The fact that DC are in contention for a top six spot is testament to Rooney’s fighting spirit. Nowhere was that better showcased than in the final seconds of their game against Orlando City on August 12.
With the two sides tied at 2-2, DC coach Ben Olsen sent his goalkeeper up for a corner. The ball was cleared, leaving Orlando’s Will Johnson with what looked to be a golden opportunity to win the game.
However, Wayne Rooney chased him down, executing a perfect tackle to win the ball back. Three touches and a raking 50-yard pass later, Luciano Acosta headed home for a thrilling 3-2 victory.
Rooney has continued to inspire DC since then, bagging his fifth goal of the season against New York Red Bulls in a 3-3 draw in their most recent game.
While the standard of play is not the same as the Premier League, Wayne Rooney’s appetite for the game should be admired as he approaches the latter stages of his career.
A victory over Montreal at odds of 10/11 would put DC’splay-off fate in their own hands. With five of their last six matches at home,it would be a brave move to back against Rooney leading his new club into the end-of-season showdown.