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Wayne Rooney helps DC United to victory on MLS debut

The former Everton player moved Stateside last month.

Wayne Rooney played a part in two goals on his MLS debut as DC United beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1.

England’s record goalscorer was named on the bench for DC’s first game at Audi Field, but the 32-year-old made an impact after coming on for the last half an hour.

DC were up 1-0 thanks to a Yamil Asad strike after 27 minutes, and Rooney replaced Darren Mattocks after 59 minutes and struck a 30-yard free-kick into the wall with his first touch.

The 32-year-old was involved in the build-up for the second goal of the game after 69 minutes, the debutant laying off the ball on the edge of the box in a swift move which was capped off by US international Paul Arriola.

Arriola’s second and DC’s third was assisted by Rooney, playing in his team-mate who took two touches before firing past keeper Brian Rowe.

The former Manchester United striker also had a few chances to get on the scoresheet himself – he was first to a cross into the penalty area but Rowe was equal to the header, and he attempted a lob late in the game which sailed safely over the bar.

Vancouver got a consolation through Alphonso Davies late into stoppage time, as Rooney finished the game with four attempts and one shot on target in front of a capacity crowd of 20,504.

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