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DC United 1, Toronto FC 0 | 2018 MLS Match Recap

Wayne Rooney’s stunning direct free kick lifted D.C. United to a 1-0 win over Toronto FC and extended the Black-and-Red’s lead above the playoff line in the Eastern Conference to four points Wednesday night at Audi Field.

Rooney curled his 33-yard free kick around Toronto FC’s three-man wall and past a diving Alex Bono, who was late to see it, to give D.C. United (13-11-8) the lead on 18 minutes. It was Rooney’s 10th goal of the lead, tying him for the team-lead with Darren Mattocks.

Rooney nearly set up a second goal just before halftime, as Nick DeLeon latched onto his in-swinging corner kick and heading off the head of Yamil Asad and the crossbar before the ball was cleared for a second corner.

In the 57th minute, Rooney laid the ball off to Luciano Acosta, who fired off the left post.

The best chance for Toronto FC (9-17-6) came in the 11th minute when Nick Hagglund met a Michael Bradley corner and put a downward header on frame, but Bill Hamid kicked out to make a spectacular save.

D.C. received a scare later in the first half when it appeared Hamid hyperextended his left knee attempting to corral a cross, but he remained in the game and recorded his fourth clean sheet of the season. 

Goals

  • 18’ — DC — Wayne Rooney | WATCH

Three Things

  • THE BIG PICTURE: After finally moving above the playoff line on the weekend, D.C. are in no hurry to dive back below it. They are now four points ahead of the Montreal Impact and just one point behind fifth-place Columbus. Meanwhile, Toronto FC did their Canadian rivals, who they face on Sunday, no favors.
  • MOMENT OF THE MATCH: What a moment of brilliance from Wayne Rooney for the match’s decisive moment.
  • MAN OF THE MATCH: Rooney’s influence was all over this critical win for D.C. United. In addition to the seminal moment, he did a lot of the things that at times goes overlooked — tracking back defensively, holding the ball up, getting teammates involved and nearly twice set up insurance goals.

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