By Jack Wilkinson
D.C. United 2-2 Columbus Crew (2-3 on pens): Wayne Rooney misses penalty in MLS play-offs
Last Updated: 02/11/18 9:07am
Wayne Rooney's maiden MLS season with D.C. United came to a premature end as he missed a penalty in Thursday's shootout defeat to Columbus Crew in the first round of the play-offs.
With the game level at 2-2 after extra-time, the former England captain missed his side's first penalty, before Luciano Acosta and Nick DeLeon also failed to find the target.
It was a disappointing end to the season for Rooney, who has been instrumental in guiding D.C. off the foot of the Eastern Conference and into the play-offs since arriving from Everton in July.
Thing started so well for DC United as Frederic Brillant headed the hosts in front on 21 minutes, but the lead lasted just nine minutes as Federico Higuain - the brother of Gonzalo - pounced on a defensive error to level the game.
Higuain's glancing header looked to have sealed Columbus' passage into the next round six minutes into extra-time but, with just four minutes remaining, DeLeon's stunning volley from the edge of the area forced penalties.
After Rooney's penalty was saved by Zackary Steffen, Patrick Mullins had the chance to win the shootout but, in windy conditions, he struck the post. DC's efforts proved in vain, though, as DeLeon blazed the decisive kick over from 12 yards.