Wayne Rooney scored his first MLS goal on Saturday night – but was left with a broken nose for his troubles.
England’s record goalscorer notched the opening goal in DC United’s 2-1 win over Colorado Rapids, firing through the legs of former teammate Tim Howard in the 33rd minute.
It was the 32-year-old’s first for his new club since moving to Washington on a free transfer, but it looked set to be in vain, as US international Kellyn Acosta levelled late for the visitors.
However, Ulises Segura’s cross deflected into the net off Niki Jackson to hand United a 90th minute lead.
Rooney started that move with a pinpoint crossfield pass, but that was far from his final contribution at Audi Field.
Four minutes into added time, defending in his own penalty box, the former Manchester United star was flattened in a sickening clash of heads with Colorado’s giant Swedish defender Axel Sjoberg.
That left Rooney battered and bruised, bloodied but unbowed, as blood poured from a gash on his forehead and spurted down his broken nose.
Rooney, who captained United for the first time, would be taped up for the end of the game, before having five stitches put in the head wound in a bid to stop the bleeding.
Rooney tweeted: “Delighted to score my first goal for @dcunited last night and more importantly a big 3 points at @AudiField."
DC United coach Ben Olsen praised the forward’s impact since his arrival from Everton last month.
"I don’t think it’s the first time he’s bled in a game. He is a tough guy and I think that he will shake it off," Olsen said.
"He has been fantastic in every aspect, in every way that we want him to be with this group – with his leadership and goal-scoring ability.
"Hopefully, it can continue to get better."
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