Contributed to the 5-0 win of DC United over Real Salt Lake in the visit on Saturday, Rooney first scored three times in a match this season.
After joining this football team last July, Rooney made his first hattrick in Major League Soccer, together with two other goals of Lucas Rodriguez and Ulises Segura. Meanwhile, Real Salt had to play with the insufficent team of only nine men.
Before the match, DC United is the only team in Major League Soccer that have not failed to protect the goal. Including this match, Bill Hamid has kept his goal clean for three matches in a row. Thus, there are 372 minutes in total that the team have not conceded a goal. In sum, they won nine matches, and drew other four matches.
With this strength, MLS enthusiasts believed that United can even scored more in that match, and it was lucky for Real Salt to concede just five. Savarino was the first player of Real Salt to leave the match after receiving a straight red card when he kicked the face of an opponent. Then, Silva was sent out after receiving his second yellow cards in the second half of the match.
By scoring three times in the match, the former striker of Everton and Manchester United has made a big impact ever since he moved to DC United in June 2018. The first goal came from a penalty in the 34th minute. The second came right before the break time, and Rooney finished his hattrick in the 65th minute.
After Rooney’s hattrick, Rodriguez and Ulises Segura ensured the win by goals in the 76th and 80th minute respectively, helping United received its 7 scores after first three matches.
In 20 times playing for United from last summer, Wayne Rooney became the leading striker in DC with 12 goals and 7 assistances.