The Chicago Fire did their level best to play the spoiler role, but Wayne Rooney and D.C. United would not be denied.
Rooney scored twice to spearhead a second-half United comeback and bank a narrow 2-1 win over the Fire at an unseasonably hot Audi Field on Sunday afternoon, canceling out a fine Raheem Edwards goal and keeping D.C.’s frenetic playoff push on course.
Though their own postseason hopes were dashed long ago, the Fire proved a tough out, stymieing the Black-and-Red in a scoreless first half before Edwards embarked on a jinking solo dribble and finish inside the D.C. penalty box shortly after intermission.
Staring at what would’ve been a disastrous home loss, United responded quickly. First Rooney equalized, tapping in his own rebound after a Stefan Cleveland save.
Then Junior Moreno raced into the Fire box in pursuit of a flicked pass from Rooney and was muscled to the turf by Johan Kappelhof, drawing a penalty kick that Rooney calmly blasted inside the left post to deliver all three points for the hosts.
- 51′ – CHI – Raheem Edwards
- 62′ – DC – Wayne Rooney
- 81′ – DC – Wayne Rooney (PK)