Los Angeles - Wayne
Rooney scored a sensational goal with a blast from his own half for his
US club DC United that triggered social media storm of applause across
the globe on Thursday.
His 'goal of the season' lifted United to a 1-0 victory over Orlando
City on Wednesday and saw the veteran former England striker dance an
excited little jig.
The ex-Manchester United star hammered a 68-yard strike over the head
of Orlando goalkeeper Brian Rowe and into the back of the net in the
"I thought it was nice and it was special to score the goal this evening," Rooney told the DC United website.
Rooney was the most advanced DC United player as his team defended in
depth. When the ball was hoofed clear, two City men converged but only
deflected it into Rooney's path.
Facing the Orlando goal and with the ball bouncing in front of him,
Rooney saw Rowe was out of his 18 yard box and smashed a first-time
As the ball swerved and dipped over the despairing goalkeeper, Rooney
broke into a brief dance. He spread his arms wide in celebration as the
ball curled inside the near post for one of Major League Soccer's goals
of the year.
"It's something that I've practised so many times," Rooney
"Different managers and team-mates are, like, why are you
practising this, you won't score from this position, but for nights like
tonight that's why I do practise it."
The training had paid off in the past. In 2017, Rooney rifled a shot
past Joe Hart from his own half for Everton against West Ham. In 2014,
Rooney lobbed a goal from just inside the opposition half for Manchester
United, also against West Ham.
The DC United star's goal sparked a Tweet-storm of applause across
the world and drew attention back in Britain where Rooney's former
Manchester United team-mate Rio Ferdinand woke up, saw the video and
retweeted it along with the comment "Morning Wazza..." and a string of
Rooney, along with former Manchester United players Zlatan
Ibrahimovic, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Nani, is part of the July MLS
All-Star exhibition squad to face Atletico Madrid in Orlando on July 31.