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Rooney wants another trip to MLS playoffs before going home

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2019, file photo, D.C. United's Wayne Rooney reacts after putting a shot over top of the Vancouver Whitecaps' goal during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Vancouver, British Columbia. As his Major League Soccer career draws to a close and he prepares to return home, Wayne Rooney would like one more shot at the playoffs stateside. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

As his Major League Soccer career draws to a close and he prepares to return home to England, Wayne Rooney would like one more shot at the playoffs.

The longtime Manchester United and English national team striker is in the final regular-season stretch with D.C. United, which is 12-10-9 this season for fifth in the Eastern Conference. There are three games to go, including Sunday's match at home against the Sounders.

"I know mathematically it doesn't put us in a playoff spot just yet, but I think we have to lose every game and the teams outside the playoff spots have to win every game, and if that happens then we don't deserve to be in it," Rooney said.

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