Wayne Rooney's hat trick overshadows Nick Rimando's ceremony as DC United wins, 5-0

Mar 16, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; D.C. United forward Wayne Rooney (9) scores a goal on Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando (18) in the first half at Audi Field.

A cold night that began with a ceremony honoring Real Salt Lake’s retiring goalkeeper turned into a celebration of D.C. United’s English superstar, who posted his first MLS hat trick and added an assist during a 5-0 demolition Saturday before 17,190 at Audi Field.

The visitors were reduced to nine players following two red cards, and United took full advantage by stretching a two-goal halftime lead into one of the most lopsided results in club history.

In a pregame ceremony, D.C. Coach Ben Olsen and General Manager Dave Kasper presented him with a framed jersey from his United tenure (2002-06).

Real Salt Lake’s problems deepened during stoppage time when Jefferson Savarino’s raised foot caught Luciano Acosta in the face, prompting Gantar’s red card.

Two minutes later, Real Salt Lake had another player dismissed when Silva knocked down the surging Lucas Rodriguez from behind just before entering the penalty area.

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