D.C. United forward Wayne Rooney was voted the Major League Soccer player of the week by the North American Soccer Reporters, it was announced Tuesday.
Rooney helped United to a 4-1 victory over the Portland Timbers Wednesday, scoring two goals before capping the week off with a 2-0 win over the New England Revolution at Audi Field Sunday.
In eight matches, Rooney has three goals and three assists with the club posting a 5-2-1 mark. D.C. has 27 points this season (7-9-6) and is undefeated in its past five matches, including three consecutive victories.
The English standout scored in the 43rd minute to level D.C. with Portland at 1-1 when Yamil Asad played a through ball to the left side of the box. Rooney made a perfectly timed run to get behind the defense and finished with a left-footed shot far post past the charging goalkeeper (Watch Goal).
Rooney completed his first career MLS brace with a 25-yard free kick out that found the right side of goal in the 68th minute to give D.C. a 3-1 advantage (Watch Goal). Days later, Rooney helped D.C. to its third consecutive victory with a team-high five shots registered in a 2-0 win over New England.
United returns to action on Sunday to face rivals Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena (7 p.m. ET, FS1 / FOX Sports Go / FOX Deportes).
The MLS player of the week is chosen each week of the regular season by members of the NASR.