Wayne Rooney’s MLS adventure comes to an end as DC United lose crazy game to Toronto FC

Wayne Rooney’s Major League Soccer adventure came to a sour end along with DC United’s season on Saturday as Toronto FC scored a wild 5-1 extra-time playoff win to send the former-England captain on to his next career stop.

Rooney’s departure proved far less exciting than his celebrated arrival on the MLS scene just last year when the one-time wunderkind and Manchester United all-time leading scorer was hyped as the second coming of David Beckham.

But in a career packed with glory and trophies Rooney’s time in the MLS will appear as nothing more than a footnote.

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There will be no great achievement to underline his nearly two-year sojourn to the United States, the 33-year-old unable to add to his legacy of twice getting his club into the postseason but never winning a match.

If Rooney enjoyed his time in North America he kept it to himself on Saturday, dressing quietly and then offering nothing more than a stone-faced glance in the direction of the media as he turned and left the dressing room without saying a word, leaving it to team mates and coaches to reflect on his contributions.


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1/101 The Century countdown

2/101 100. Yaya Toure

3/101 99. Harry Kane

4/101 98. Daniele De Rossi

5/101 97. Bastian Schweinsteiger

6/101 96. Vincent Kompany

7/101 95. Karim Benzema

8/101 94. Sol Campbell

9/101 93. Pepe

10/101 92. Edwin van der Sar

11/101 91. Arturo Vidal

12/101 90. Angel di Maria

13/101 89. Diego Forlan

14/101 88. Radamel Falcao

15/101 87. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

16/101 86. Robin Van Persie

17/101 85. Carlos Tevez

18/101 84. Gaizka Mendieta

19/101 83. Virgil van Dijk

20/101 82. Hernan Crespo

21/101 81. Rio Ferdinand

22/101 80. Toni Kroos

23/101 79. Juan Roman Riquelme

24/101 78. Thomas Muller

25/101 77. Mohamed Salah

26/101 76. Diego Godin

27/101 75. David Silva

28/101 74. Eden Hazard

29/101 73. Cesc Fabregas

30/101 72. Deco

31/101 71. Lilian Thuram

32/101 70. Nemanja Vidic

33/101 69. Marcelo

34/101 68. Ryan Giggs

35/101 67. Antoine Griezmann

36/101 66. Clarence Seedorf

37/101 65. Wesley Sneijder

38/101 64. Gabriel Batistuta

39/101 63. Fernando Torres

40/101 62. Ruud Van Nistelrooy

41/101 61. Claude Makélélé

42/101 60. Sergio Aguero

43/101 59. Cafu

44/101 58. Miroslav Klose

45/101 57. Kevin de Bruyne

46/101 56. Henrik Larsson

47/101 55. Xabi Alonso

48/101 54. Dennis Bergkamp

49/101 53. Gareth Bale

50/101 52. Gerard Pique

51/101 51. Robert Lewandowski

52/101 50. Javier Zanetti

53/101 49. Didier Drogba

54/101 48. Michael Ballack

55/101 47. Oliver Kahn

56/101 46. Ashley Cole

57/101 45. Pavel Nedved

58/101 44. N’Golo Kante

59/101 43. Kylian Mbappe

60/101 42. Alessandro Del Piero

61/101 41. Alessandro Nesta

62/101 40. Patrick Vieira

63/101 39. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

64/101 38. Roberto Carlos

65/101 37. Rivaldo

66/101 36. Roy Keane

67/101 35. John Terry

68/101 34. Paul Scholes

69/101 33. David Villa

70/101 32. Iker Casillas

71/101 31. Franceso Totti

72/101 30. Arjen Robben

73/101 29. Wayne Rooney

74/101 28. Raul Gonzalez

75/101 27. Manuel Neuer

76/101 26. Paolo Maldini

77/101 25. Dani Alves

78/101 24. Carles Puyol

79/101 23. Frank Lampard

80/101 22. Luka Modric

81/101 21. Samuel Eto’o

82/101 20. Neymar

83/101 19. Andrei Shevchenko

84/101 18. Steven Gerrard

85/101 17. Sergio Busquets

86/101 16. Luis Suarez

87/101 15. Luis Figo

88/101 14. Philipp Lahm

89/101 13. Gianluigi Buffon

90/101 12. Sergio Ramos

91/101 11. Andrea Pirlo

92/101 10. Fabio Cannavaro

93/101 9. Kaka

94/101 8. Zinedine Zidane

95/101 7. Thierry Henry

96/101 6. Ronaldo

97/101 5. Andres Iniesta

98/101 4. Ronaldinho

99/101 3. Xavi Hernandez

100/101 2. Cristiano Ronaldo

101/101 1. Lionel Messi

1/101 The Century countdown

2/101 100. Yaya Toure

3/101 99. Harry Kane

4/101 98. Daniele De Rossi

5/101 97. Bastian Schweinsteiger

6/101 96. Vincent Kompany

7/101 95. Karim Benzema

8/101 94. Sol Campbell

9/101 93. Pepe

10/101 92. Edwin van der Sar

11/101 91. Arturo Vidal

12/101 90. Angel di Maria

13/101 89. Diego Forlan

14/101 88. Radamel Falcao

15/101 87. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

16/101 86. Robin Van Persie

17/101 85. Carlos Tevez

18/101 84. Gaizka Mendieta

19/101 83. Virgil van Dijk

20/101 82. Hernan Crespo

21/101 81. Rio Ferdinand

22/101 80. Toni Kroos

23/101 79. Juan Roman Riquelme

24/101 78. Thomas Muller

25/101 77. Mohamed Salah

26/101 76. Diego Godin

27/101 75. David Silva

28/101 74. Eden Hazard

29/101 73. Cesc Fabregas

30/101 72. Deco

31/101 71. Lilian Thuram

32/101 70. Nemanja Vidic

33/101 69. Marcelo

34/101 68. Ryan Giggs

35/101 67. Antoine Griezmann

36/101 66. Clarence Seedorf

37/101 65. Wesley Sneijder

38/101 64. Gabriel Batistuta

39/101 63. Fernando Torres

40/101 62. Ruud Van Nistelrooy

41/101 61. Claude Makélélé

42/101 60. Sergio Aguero

43/101 59. Cafu

44/101 58. Miroslav Klose

45/101 57. Kevin de Bruyne

46/101 56. Henrik Larsson

47/101 55. Xabi Alonso

48/101 54. Dennis Bergkamp

49/101 53. Gareth Bale

50/101 52. Gerard Pique

51/101 51. Robert Lewandowski

52/101 50. Javier Zanetti

53/101 49. Didier Drogba

54/101 48. Michael Ballack

55/101 47. Oliver Kahn

56/101 46. Ashley Cole

57/101 45. Pavel Nedved

58/101 44. N’Golo Kante

59/101 43. Kylian Mbappe

60/101 42. Alessandro Del Piero

61/101 41. Alessandro Nesta

62/101 40. Patrick Vieira

63/101 39. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

64/101 38. Roberto Carlos

65/101 37. Rivaldo

66/101 36. Roy Keane

67/101 35. John Terry

68/101 34. Paul Scholes

69/101 33. David Villa

70/101 32. Iker Casillas

71/101 31. Franceso Totti

72/101 30. Arjen Robben

73/101 29. Wayne Rooney

74/101 28. Raul Gonzalez

75/101 27. Manuel Neuer

76/101 26. Paolo Maldini

77/101 25. Dani Alves

78/101 24. Carles Puyol

79/101 23. Frank Lampard

80/101 22. Luka Modric

81/101 21. Samuel Eto’o

82/101 20. Neymar

83/101 19. Andrei Shevchenko

84/101 18. Steven Gerrard

85/101 17. Sergio Busquets

86/101 16. Luis Suarez

87/101 15. Luis Figo

88/101 14. Philipp Lahm

89/101 13. Gianluigi Buffon

90/101 12. Sergio Ramos

91/101 11. Andrea Pirlo

92/101 10. Fabio Cannavaro

93/101 9. Kaka

94/101 8. Zinedine Zidane

95/101 7. Thierry Henry

96/101 6. Ronaldo

97/101 5. Andres Iniesta

98/101 4. Ronaldinho

99/101 3. Xavi Hernandez

100/101 2. Cristiano Ronaldo

101/101 1. Lionel Messi

“I think he gave a lot to the organisation, he was a great team mate,” said United coach Ben Olsen. “I think he was good to our fans and he was very appreciative of the support he got with our fan base and the community, the DC area.

“It’s an unfortunate way for him to finish.

“I am sure he would have wanted to hit the back of the net and push us into the next round but that’s not how it went.”

Rooney finished Saturday’s contest on the bench after being substituted in overtime, but did not depart BMO Field without offering a reminder of why he is rated one of the game’s great predators.

Twice during a one minute stretch during the second half with Toronto clinging to a 1-0 lead, Rooney forced TFC’s Quentin Westberg to make spectacular saves, later patting the keeper on the back as he walked away shaking his head and looking towards the heavens.

A stoppage-time equalizer from Lucas Rodriguez off a Rooney corner cancelled Toronto’s 1-0 lead but did nothing to deflate the homeside who struck four times in the extra session, including a pair from Jonathan Osorio and one each from substitutes Richie Laryea and Nick DeLeon.

Rooney did not bring the charisma of former England captain Beckham to the MLS but offered a well marketed blue collar appeal and a rich resume of success and trophies, including five Premier League titles, an FA Cup and Champions League crown.

There were a few highlight reel moments during his time in the United States, including a brilliant long range strike from his own end of the field against Orlando, while a Twitter spat between his wife Coleen and the wife of his former-England Jamie Vardy kept him in the English tabloid headlines.

But there was nothing accomplished on North American pitches that added anything of substance to his reputation.

He brought a bit more attention and a put few more fans in the seats as DC United moved from RFK Stadium to their new state-of-the-art home Audi Field, but never came close to elevating the MLS profile the way Beckham had on his arrival in Los Angeles in 2007.

Beckham’s impact on the MLS is still being felt while Rooney returns to England to be a player-coach with EFL Championship side Derby County having failed to leave his mark on MLS.

Reuters

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