MLS: Wayne Rooney facing stiffer punishment for elbowing rival in the face

The DC United captain will receive a more severe punishment for being sent off on Wednesday night for elbowing NY Red Bulls Cristian Casseres Jr.

Wayne Rooney takes a free kick against the New York Red Bulls during the first half at Audi Field.
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Wayne Rooney was shown a direct red card for elbowing Cristian Casseres Jr in the face during Wednesday's game against NY Red Bulls and now he faces stiffer punishment.

The DC United captain, who already missed the weekend match against Philadelphia Union, will now sit out a second game as a consequence of his sending off, Washington Post journalist, Steven Goff reports.

Rooney was sent off in the 24th minute after VAR reviewed the action in which the English striker appeared to deliberately strike Casseres' face with his elbow during a corner kick.

The 33-year-old, who is set to leave the MLS and the United States at the end of the season to join Derby County as a player-coach will miss the Saturday's match against Montreal Impact - a game where both sides will be fighting for a play-off place in the Eastern Conference.