Wayne Rooney sent off for terrible challenge in DC United's 4-0 loss to Los Angeles FC

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Wayne Rooney has created a fair few positive headlines since joining DC United in the MLS. 

The striker recently proved he's still got it when he scored a brilliant free-kick from near the corner flag against Orlando City. A week before that, he scored a hat-trick. 

Last season, he also provided a ridiculous assist for his side by racing back over the halfway line, challenging an opposition player and pinging a cross-field ball into the box. 

Rooney has also transformed DC into a team challenging in the MLS Playoffs and was named his clubs MVP in his first campaign after scoring 12 goals in 21 games. 

But, in his latest appearance, the former Manchester United star got things very, very wrong. 

His team were 3-0 down to Los Angeles FC and in the 50th minute, Rooney lunged into a dangerous, high challenge and caught Diego Rossi. 

The striker was initially shown a yellow card, but after a VAR review, that was overturned and the red card was rightly rewarded. 

Rooney offered absolutely no dissent to the decision and had already passed his captain's armband onto a teammate before the card was brandished in his face.  

Watch his awful challenge below. 

There's no debating it - that is just a really poor challenge. 

For everything great that Rooney has done in the MLS, the 33-year-old has just reminded everyone that he's always had that side to his game.

Although there appeared to be no malice in his tackle, it was one he mistimed very badly and was rightly sent off for - even if it did take VAR intervention. 


Things got even worse for DC United after Rooney saw red. They conceded another goal and fell to a 4-0 loss at home to LA. 

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