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WATCH: Wayne Rooney nets first MLS hat trick


Manchester United and England national team all-time scoring leader Wayne Rooney has been a smash hit in MLS since arriving in the league midway through last season.


It took Rooney three games to accomplish the feat in 2019, however, the 33-year-old forward finding the net three times in DCU’s 5-0 rout of nine man Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.


His second goal came from the run of play off a fine pass by U.S. national team winger Paul Arriola, but Rooney made a difficult finish look easy by cooly chipping the ball past longtime RSL keeper Nick Rimando , ensuring that D.C. would go into to halftime with a commanding 2-0 lead:


Pint-sized forward Luciano Acosta approached the top of Salt Lake’s box and danced by two defenders before feeding Junior Moreno on the left.


The milestone in the bag, Rooney turned helper by delivering an assist off a corner kick on United’s spectacular fourth goal, a full volley off the foot of Lucas Rodriguez .


United is tied on points and wins with the Columbus Crew, which beat FC Dallas earlier Saturday, but the Black and Red retains first place on goal difference.






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