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Rooney’s game-winning goal lifts New York Red Bulls in U.S. Open Cup

John Rooney (16) celebrates his game-winner with teammates Corey Hertzog (6) and Juan Agudelo (17) against FC New York. (Mike Stobe/GETTY IMAGES FOR NEW YORK RED BU)

But Tuesday — at least for one night — John Rooney had his moment in the spotlight.

The New York Red Bulls seldom-used rookie scored the game-winning goal in the 65th minute — his first with the team — to lead his team to a 2-1 victory over F.C. New York in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup .

Rooney’s shot into the bottom corner completed the Red Bulls’ comeback and drew chants of “Best Rooney Ever” from the crowd at Red Bull Arena.

Before Tuesday, the younger Rooney had seen only 27 minutes of action all season.

“It’s a physical league,” Rooney said. “I thought it was going to be slower than what it was, but when I watched it on TV, you could see it’s a fast league. The way they play it, it’s pretty much the same as England.”

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.


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