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Rooney strikes twice to secure DC United play-off place

Wayne Rooney scored twice as DC United secured a MLS play-off place with a 3-1 win against New York City. Credit: PA

Wayne Rooney scored twice as DC United secured a MLS play-off place with a 3-1 win against New York City.

United propped up the MLS standings when Rooney joined in June but they secured their spot in the post season with a game to spare after extending their unbeaten run to nine matches on Sunday.

Rooney sent the hosts on their way to their latest win when he tapped in following a brilliant run from Luciano Acosta in the eight minute.

Acosta added a second in the 24th minute and Rooney netted his 12th goal of the campaign with a penalty 16 minutes from time.

David Villa pulled one back for the visitors, who were already assured of their play-off spot.