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Alhaji Kamara scores late in MLS debut, lifts United to 1-0 win over Sporting KC

Alhaji Kamara scores late in MLS debut, lifts United to 1-0 win over Sporting KC

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Alhaji Kamara scored late in D.C. United's rain-soaked 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City on Friday night.

Kamara, making his MLS debut after a congenital heart condition derailed his European career this year, put away a cross from Taylor Kemp in the 86th minute -- less than a minute after coming on for Lamar Neagle as United's final substitution.

The kickoff was delayed 2 1/2 hours because of weather concerns and there was a 60-minute rain delay at halftime.

Kansas City, which outshot United 18-6, had some early chances but couldn't convert and the weather dampened the action after the break, until Kamara's winner.

Bill Hamid, making his first start of the season after undergoing knee surgery, batted away a right-footed blast by Kevin Ellis from the center of the box in the 88th minute to preserve the win.

It was the first road win for D.C. United (4-5-4).

Sporting (5-8-2) has just one win in its last 10 matches.

Wayne Rooney is already a D.C. United hero with incredible, last-second play

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Wayne Rooney is already a D.C. United hero with incredible, last-second play

Wayne Rooney has only been in Washington, D.C. for a few weeks, but he keeps giving fans a reason to love him. 

The 32-year-old former Manchester United star produced a stunningly jaw-dropping sequence for D.C. United on Sunday against Orlando City, and it left soccer fans everywhere in awe.

With the score tied at 2-2, six minutes of extra time were added to the clock, Rooney came up big with a spectacular sequence.

Not only did he chase down Orlando City's Will Johnson for an incredible defensive stop with less than a minute remaining, but he also made it back to midfield to perfectly set up Luciano Acosta's game-winning goal. D.C. United beat Orlando City, 3-2. 

Rooney comes out of nowhere. Look at that tackle!

This is the kind of  sequence you have to watch a couple times because it's truly unbelievable.

Wayne Rooney deal to DC United reportedly confirmed

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Wayne Rooney deal to DC United reportedly confirmed

Soccer in Washington, D.C. is in for a revival.

English star Wayne Rooney agreed to a 2.5-year, $13 million deal with D.C. United on Tuesday, The Washington Post reported.

The team will also pay an additional undisclosed transfer fee to secure Rooney's rights from Everton.

It is expected that Rooney will be confirmed as a D.C. United player on Thursday with a news conference to follow on Monday, Sky Sports reported.

This has been long-awaited news, as D.C. United needed to come to terms with both Rooney and Everton. The former was completed last month, but the latter had taken some time.

Rooney, who will become the franchise's highest-paid player in team history, is not eligible to play in the MLS until its transfer window opens on July 10. However, it will be just in time for the opening of D.C. United's new stadium, Audi Field, which is set to open four days later.

The 32-year-old has been a global soccer star for the majority of the 2000s, breaking out as a striker for Machester United. His 208 Premier League goals ranks second of all-time, behind only Alan Shearer, and is England's all-time goalscorer with 53 goals in 119 matches. 

Rooney has been playing the past season for Everton, the same team he entered the Premier League with, and has 10 goals in 31 appearances. 

He joins a recent trend of high-profile European stars coming over to the MLS and will try to fix D.C. United's (2-6-4) losing woes, as the team ranks dead last in the standings with 12 points. 

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