Wayne Rooney sees red in DC United home defeat to Los Angeles FC

DC United 0-4 Los Angeles FC

Wayne Rooney was sent off for the first time in his Major League Soccer career during his DC United side’s defeat against Los Angeles FC.

Rooney was dismissed for a wild lunge with both feet off the ground which caught LA striker Diego Rossi just below the knee with his studs.

The former Manchester United and England captain was shown a red card for a horrific challenge in MLS on Saturday, but it took VAR review for it to happen.

DC United were losing 3-0 at the time.

Diego Rossi had scored LA’s second and third goals, with former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela opening the scoring, and he completed his hat-trick in the 76th minute after Rooney had been sent off.

It is the seventh red card of Rooney’s career for club and country and his first since September 2014.

The 33-year-old could have no complaints at all, and indeed made no fuss, as he jogged off the pitch, leaving his side 3-0 down and with a man less.

‘I have no arguments,’ Rooney said after his red card in Washington. ‘It wasn’t malicious and I didn’t try to hurt him. ‘But obviously I caught him. I was expecting [a red card] really when the referee gave me the yellow. It’s the right call.’

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