Washington: Wayne Rooney’s fairy-tale first season in Major League Soccer (MLS) ended in disappointment when the DC United striker missed a penalty in a shoot-out defeat to Columbus Crew in the knockout round of the play-offs.
The 33-year-old stepped up for his team’s first spot kick after the match had ended 2-2 following extra time, but his shot was saved by Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen, who dived to his right and swatted away the former England skipper’s effort.
Rooney’s teammates Luciano Acosta and Nick DeLeon also missed their efforts as Crew ran out 3-2 winners in the shoot-out to move on to the Eastern Conference semi-finals, where they face New York Red Bulls.
“It’s disappointing losing on penalties but as a team we can be extremely proud of what we have achieved in the last few months,” Rooney said.
“In today’s game the crowd, the atmosphere was fantastic and it shows the team are coming along great and they are proud of our performances. We’ll try and build on this next season.”