WASHINGTON (AP) -- Marcelo Sarvas and Patrick Mullins scored three minutes apart in the second half and D.C. United rallied for a 2-2 draw with the New York City Red Bulls on Sunday in a game delayed 75 minutes because of lightning.
Sarvas scored his first goal on a penalty kick in the 70th minute and Mullins got his first with a header off a corner kick in the 73rd as D.C. United (6-8-10) moved ahead of Orlando City on the red line in the Eastern Conference. Both teams have 28 points, but D.C. holds the tiebreaker for the sixth spot.
The comeback was unexpected for the lowest scoring team in the MLS, especially after the Red Bulls (10-9-7), third in the East, took the lead on the soggy field. The delay came in the ninth minute.
Bradley Wright-Phillips, in the 38th minute, knocked in the perfect serve from Mike Grella. Wright-Phillips became the fourth player in league history to reach 15 goals in three consecutive seasons. Then in the 64th minute Felipe notched his third, pounding the ball into a small opening just inside the post.
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.
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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