- DC United 2-2 Columbus Crew (2-3 pens)
- Former England captain had lifted team to playoffs
Wayne Rooney’s first season in MLS came to a disappointing end on Thursday night as the former England captain missed a penalty in a shootout defeat to Columbus Crew in the first round of the playoffs.
DC United were bottom of the Eastern Conference when Rooney arrived in July, but he inspired them to make the playoffs after a late-season run of form. That upturn led some to believe United could make a deep run in the playoffs but Thursday’s match ended in a 2-2 draw, and Rooney missed the first of his team’s penalties in the shootout. Nick DeLeon and Luciano Acosta were the other men to miss for DC.