Wayne Rooney continues blistering MLS form with stunning free-kick to secure DC United victory over Toronto
- Wayne Rooney netted his sixth goal in five games for DC United on Wednesday
- Rooney’s impressive long-range free-kick secured 1-0 victory over Toronto FC
- DC United have won their last four, are unbeaten in eight, and hold play-off spot
- Rooney has helped Washington side fly up the table, scoring 10 in the process
Ben Nagle for MailOnline
Wayne Rooney continued to set Major League Soccer alight on Wednesday night as his stunning free-kick secured DC United’s narrow victory over Toronto FC.
The Manchester United legend bagged his sixth goal in five games to help the Washington outfit to their fifth straight win, helping their playoff hopes in the process.
Rooney has been in fine form since arriving stateside and now has 10 goals in his first 17 MLS matches.
Wayne Rooney strikes a free-kick from long range, bending into the top right-hand corner
Toronto FC goalkeeper Alex Bono dives helplessly as he can’t get anywhere near Rooney’s shot
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His latest came courtesy of a stunning free-kick from over 30 yards out, which the 32-year-old bent into the top right-hand corner of the goal.
DC United were struggling in the lower echelons of the league when Rooney arrived, but have since flown up the table and are now unbeaten in their last eight.
They currently hold a four-point lead over Montreal for the sixth and final play-off spot in the Eastern Conference with just two matches remaining.
It could get even better for DC though, with a finish as high as third place still available if all results were to go in their favour over the final two matchdays.
The Manchester United legend has now scored 10 goals since arriving in Major League Soccer
Much credit must also go to goalkeeper Bill Hamid, who made four big saves to keep Toronto at bay in Wednesday night’s match.
The USA international goalkeeper has let in just one goal in his last four matches.
Toronto, meanwhile, were eliminated from play-off contention with a defeat by Vancouver on October 6 and have gone on to lose three of their last four matches.
Rooney celebrates with his team-mates during their fourth straight victory, against Toronto
DC United defender Frederic Brilliant (right) had the best view in the house of Rooney’s winner