Wayne Rooney Left with a Broken Nose and Five Stitches after First MLS Goal

Wayne Rooney enjoyed a night of ecstasy and agony as he scored his first goal for new club DC United in a 2-1 win over Colorado Rapids but later broke his nose. Rooney has also confirmed that his broken nose required five stitches to repair the damage.

Captaining the MLS side in his third game for the club, Rooney opened the scoring when he latched on to a through ball and fired through the legs of his former Manchester United teammate Tim Howard. It was his first goal for the American club after moving from Everton earlier in the summer.

“Delighted to score my first goal for DC United,” Rooney tweeted after his team won for just the fourth time in 18 matches this season. Two of those victories have come since Rooney made his debut on 14 July.

Four minutes into added time, defending in his own penalty box, the former Manchester United star was flattened in a sickening clash of heads with Colorado’s giant Swedish defender Axel Sjoberg.

That left Rooney battered and bruised, bloodied but unbowed, as blood poured from a gash on his forehead and spurted down his broken nose.

The DC United coach, Ben Olsen, said:
”I don’t think it’s the first time he’s bled in a game. He is a tough guy and I think that he will shake it off. But again, it shows you what this means to him right now. He is in the box, putting his face on the line, understanding that this is a big moment.“He has been fantastic in every aspect, in every way that we want him to be with this group … with his leadership and goal-scoring ability. Hopefully, it can continue to get better.”
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