It looks like Wayne Rooney almost single-handedly could carry D.C. United into the playoffs.
The English star, who arrived this summer with United in last place, scored both goals
to lead it past the Chicago Fire, 2-1, on Sunday.
The win moved
United to within two points of sixth-place Montreal with two games in hand that it will play before MLS play resumes with a full slate of weekend games on Oct. 21 after the FIFA break.
Schedules: Montreal (43 points): Oct. 21: TOR; Oct. 28: at NE. D.C. United (41 points): Oct. 13: DAL;
Oct. 17: TOR; Oct. 21: NYCFC; Oct. 28: at CHI.
D.C. United was 3-9-5 at the halfway point of the season. It is 8-2-3 since then, using a predominantly home schedule at new Audi Field to
gain ground on the Eastern Conference's top six.
United fell behind Chicago on a goal by Raheem Edwards in the 51st minute, but Rooney's goals in the 62nd and 81st minutes -- the
second from the penalty -- extended United's current unbeaten streak of six games, its longest since 2016.
"Maybe their goal woke us up a little bit,” he said. “After the
first goal, you could see the determination just to try to get the win.”
Rooney has five goals in his last three games and six goals and four assists during United's current
unbeaten streak of six games.
“He let it all out there," said United coach Ben Olsen. "He usually does. It is in his DNA.&rdquo