WASHINGTON — Wayne Rooney scored twice in the second half to raise his season total to nine goals in 16 matches, and D.C. United rallied to beat the Chicago Fire 2-1 on Sunday.
A former England captain who made his Major League Soccer debut in July, the 32-year-old striker has five goals in his last three games.
Rooney tied the score in the 62nd minute when his slight deflection of Paul Arriola's cross caused goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland to bobble the ball, and Rooney tapped home the rebound. Rooney converted a penalty kick in the 81st after Junior Moreno drew a foul.
Rooney had a goal disallowed in the 21st on video review for a foul by Luciano Acosta off the ball. Rooney also curled a shot just wide on a breakaway in the 72nd.
D.C. United (11-11-8) is two points shy of sixth-place Montreal for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot with two games in hand. D.C.'s 55 league goals are its most since 2007.
Raheem Edwards scored his third goal of the season in the 51st for Chicago (8-17-7) after cutting back against two defenders inside the penalty area.