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Rooney on his way to becoming MLS' new free-kick king

After scoring another free-kick in the game against Columbus Crew, D.C. United captain Wayne Rooney is on his way to becoming an MLS legend.

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Rooney on his way to becoming MLS' new free-kick king
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Former Manchester United and England star Wayne Rooney is on his way to becoming a legend in the MLS, thanks to his free-kick prowess.

The D.C. United captain netted another free-kick in Wednesday's match against Columbus Crew - his fourth set-piece strike in his 28 MLS games since arriving in the States last July. In that time, no one else has scored more than one free-kick.

Rooney scored one of the most spectacular efforts so far this season in the game against Orlando City on 31 March, an impressive near-Olympic goal.

If the English striker keeps up this pace, he could demolish the record for the most free-kicks scored in MLS history, which is currently held by former Toronto FC star, Italian Sebastian Giovinco.

Rooney vs. Giovinco

Between 2015 and 2018, Giovinco scored 14 free-kicks out of 171 shots taken in regular-season football for Toronto FC, which puts his conversion rate at over 8%.

Meanwhile, Rooney has four free-kick goals out of 14 shots taken, leaving him with a success rate of 17%, making him the most dangerous set-piece expert in the league.