Toronto FC vs D.C. United
11:00pm Saturday October
Wayne Rooney’s MLS career ended on a sour note as DC United’s season came to a conclusion after a 5-1 extra-time play-off defeat to Toronto on Saturday.
There was expectation of a primary play-off success for Rooney when his negative forced extra-time following Marco Delgado strike had been completed by the 93rd-minute target of Lucas Rodriguez.
But, as DC United, who’d Paul Arriola sent off late , failed to progress from the MLS Eastern Conference semi-final to the second consecutive season Toronto proceeded to score four goals spell.
Defeat means an end with the 33-year-old, who completed the game on the seat after being substituted to the England captain’s time in America.
The striker, who finished the campaign with 11 goals DC United’s leading scorer, will return after 18 weeks in Washington to England.
Meanwhile, the success means Toronto will play with New York City FC in the Eastern Conference last next Wednesday to get a chance to play with an MLS name on November 10, live on Sky Sports.
Regardless of the defeat, the DC United trainer Ben Olsen was full of praise for the impact Rooney was made throughout his time in Washington.
“I believe he gave a great deal to the organisation, he was a fantastic team mate,” Olsen explained. “I think he had been good to our fans and he had been very appreciative of the service he got with our fan base along with the community, the DC area.
“It’s an unfortunate way to allow him to complete,” he added.
“I am sure he would have desired to hit on the back of the internet and push us into the next round but that’s not how it moved.”
“He has been a huge plus for this team,” Olsen told MLSsoccer.com ahead of the game with Toronto.
“He’s been a part of, combined with the scene, USL throughout the previous year and a halfsome announcements that have really pushed this club ahead.
“Working with him, it has been a really good relationship. On the field, I believe he’s helped us.
“Off the field, I think he has pushed me. I think he has made me a supervisor that is better, a better trainer. And I think he’s been a really great teammate and a fantastic ambassador to the club”