Wayne Rooney Voted MLS Player Of The Week
D.C. United forward Wayne Rooney was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for the 25th week of the 2018 MLS season.
Rooney helped D.C. United to a 4-1 victory over the Portland Timbers on Wednesday, scoring two goals before capping the week off with a 2-0 win over the New England Revolution on Sunday at Audi Field. In eight matches played this season, Rooney has three goals and three assists with the club posting a 5-2-1 mark over that span. D.C. has 27 points this season (7-9-6 overall record) and is undefeated in its past five matches, including three straight victories.
The English icon scored in the 43rd minute to level D.C. with Portland at 1-1 on Wednesday when Yamil Asad played a through ball to the left side of the box. Rooney made a perfectly timed run to get behind the defense and finished with a left-footed shot far post past the charging goalkeeper.
Rooney then completed his first career MLS brace with a tremendous free kick from 25 yards out that found the right side of goal in the 68th minute to give D.C. United a 3-1 advantage Days later, Rooney helped D.C. to its third consecutive victory with a team-high five shots registered in a 2-0 win over New England.
D.C. United returns to action on Sunday to face rivals New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena (7 p.m. ET, FS1 / FOX Sports Go / FOX Deportes).
The MLS Player of the Week is chosen each week of the regular season by members of the North American Soccer Reporters. The organization includes print, television, radio and online journalists who cover domestic men's soccer in the United States and Canada.