It wasn't the ending that Wayne Rooney and D.C. United would have hoped for, but, given everything we saw throughout the MLS season, it was perhaps the ending that the two sides seemed destined to get.
A season of inconsistency ended with a relative whimper on Saturday night as D.C. United fell 5-1 to Toronto FC in Toronto, ending their campaign with a second consecutive first-round postseason exit. With that, the Rooney era is now officially over as the former Manchester United star will swap the nation's capital for a new player-coach role with Derby County in the Championship.
It was a frustrating end to a period that started so brightly when Rooney first arrived in MLS a year-and-a-half ago. Rooney's signing was the catalyst for a resurgent D.C. United, a historic club that had fallen on hard times as powerhouses formed and reformed all over MLS. It wasn't just Rooney that revitalised a struggling club, as the opening of Audi Field also deserves some credit, but, with the signing of the England legend, D.C. finally felt relevant again.
But, as it turns out, relevance wasn't enough for D.C. United to take the leap that many expected them to make this campaign. Rooney had his moments, although none outshone his now historic tackle and cross against Orlando City last campaign.
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