Wayne Rooney Scores Outrageous Goal From His Own Half Against Orlando City

We've been here before, haven't we? While you were sleeping, Wayne Rooney scored an utterly sensational goal from his own half to add to his ever-growing highlight reel across the pond.

10 minutes in against Orlando City, who had his former teammate Nani in their ranks, Manchester United and England's record goalscorer picked up the ball in his own half and became aware that Orlando goalkeeper Brian Rowe was off his line.

Then, with some quite incredible accuracy, Rooney cut across the ball wonderfully and saw the ball loop over Rowe and bounce into the net for his 21st goal in the MLS.

Heroics from inside his own half is one that Rooney has well and truly made his own. Last night was the third time he came up with the long distance strike after two worldies against West Ham - one for Manchester United in 2014 before replicating it with Everton four years later.

Practice well and truly makes perfect for the 33-year old, who says past managers and teammates have had their doubts as to why he attempts such difficult efforts.

"I thought it was nice and it was special to score the goal this evening," Rooney told DC United's official website after the 1-0 win.

"It's something that I've practiced so many times.

"Different managers and teammates are like 'why are you practicing this, you won't score from this position' but for nights like tonight that's why I do practice it.

"It was a good strike and an important goal for us."

Rooney is approaching his first anniversary of his MLS adventure, having signed a three-year contract with DC a year ago.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Lurched at the very foot of the Eastern Conference table after winning just three games out of 17 prior to Rooney's arrival, he fired them to a spot in the play-offs last season with 12 goals and six assists in 19 games.

This term, he is currently the fourth-highest scorer in the league after netting nine goals in 16 games to help his team to third place in the table.

"It's been fantastic," the former Everton man reflected on his first year in the MLS.

"I've enjoyed my time here over the course of the year and there is still a lot more to come. We know we can play better. First half we played well, second half we know we can do better, but the win was the important thing because we haven't won in a few games in the league. Winning today was the main thing."

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