D.C. United's inexorable march to the playoffs continued when it beat Western Conference leader FC Dallas, 1-0, on Saturday and for once Wayne Rooney wasn't the hero.
Much has been made of D.C. United's turnaround since Rooney arrived this summer, but a
big factor has been Russell Canouse's play in midfield since he came back from a knee injury.
On a night when Rooney couldn't find the net, Canouse scored in the 86th minute with
his first MLS goal in 27 games over two seasons to move D.C. United into sixth place in the Eastern Conference ahead the Montreal Impact with one (home) game still in hand.
D.C. United is
7-2-3 since Canouse returned to the starting lineup in late July. He had been injured in preseason and missed the first four months of the season. Canouse, 23, moved to Germany's Hoffenheim when
he was 16 but decided to come home last summer after six seasons, the last on loan to Bochum.
After the game, Canouse dedicated the win to teammate Paul Arriola, whose father
Arturo died on Wednesday night.
“It was a special moment for me,” said Canouse, who signed United the same week last summer as Arriola moved from Tijuana. “That
goal was for him.”