Wayne Rooney Scores His First MLS Hat-Trick And It's Like Being In 2009
DC United are officially top of the Eastern Conference thanks to a certain 33-year-old striker, who managed to score his first MLS hat-trick in a 5-0 drubbing, last night.
Wayne Rooney, who was made captain against Real Salt Lake, has turned the club's fortunes around after joining in June last year.
DC were rock bottom of the league when he first arrived on the scene, but things are now looking promising three games into the new 2019/20 campaign, with the former Manchester United and Everton forward looking sharp.
We can confirm Wayne Rooney has still got it.
Check out some of these delightful finishes, especially the second:
First hat trick in MLS: :white_check_mark:@WayneRooney was on another level. pic.twitter.com/7BgldTB7lM
- Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 17, 2019
The impact Rooney has made at DC United is nothing short of remarkable. Even when he's not scoring goals, the man himself is providing pin point crosses like this:
Rooney's first MLS hat trick:white_check_mark:- Tom Scholes (@_TomScholes) March 17, 2019
Pinpoint cross for amazing volley:white_check_mark:
Another win for DC United :white_check_mark:
Rooney breaking out the old FIFA corner glitch from a few years ago last night #DCU #DCvRSL pic.twitter.com/GnrS2vYtJR
Back in October 2016, he didn't create a single chance from open play against Watford and many proceeded to cast doubts over his future in the game.
There was no doubt that he played a key role in United's success in years gone by, but his stature at Old Trafford was like a piece of glass - a solid exterior but people could see through his flaws.
How things have changed.
Wayne Rooney's effect on DC United :fire: pic.twitter.com/riBXnzd7Fr
- ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) October 15, 2018
Two years on from that match at Vicarage Road, some labelled Rooney's move to the MLS as the end of a trophy-laden career when he joined bottom of the league DC United.
The 33-year-old is flying in the MLS and we couldn't be happier for the guy.
Oh and we still love his slightly awkward post-match interviews.
Post-match reaction from @WayneRooney after a 5-0 victory over @realsaltlake.
Oh yeah, he scored a hat trick. :soccer::soccer::soccer:#DCU ' #DCvRSL pic.twitter.com/Tp2UP4YC78
- D.C. United (@dcunited) March 17, 2019
Watching Wayne Rooney completely tear apart #RSL, I'm reminded of our report on @TheAthleticSCCR last year that laid his contract out in unprecedented detail. Wazza is making some walking-around money tonight, folks. #DCU #MLS https://t.co/iRyD2pwmAh pic.twitter.com/yWtwnuRndH
- Pablo Maurer (@MLSist) March 17, 2019
New season, same Wayne Rooney.