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Kick Off: DCU, Rooney off to winning Audi Field start | Week 20 Recap

Here is everything you need to know about MLS and North American soccer this morning:

D.C. debuts Rooney, stadium with victory

ea177102-f7d8-4510-b2f3-25f475aab1f3.jpg On opening day for Audi Field, D.C. United eased to a 3-1 victory over Vancouver that featured the debut of superstar striker Wayne Rooney, who assisted one of Paul Arriola’s two goals. Afterward, longtime Capital City native Charles Boehm attempted to process “one of the great nights in D.C. united history.” READ MORE | RECAP

How did Rooney do in his 32 minutes of action? See for yourself in his individual highlight reel, which includes his assist on the capper. ROONEY HIGHLIGHTS

Atlanta, LAFC held at home

Atlanta United saw their Eastern Conference lead trimmed by Sunday’s 0-0 draw against 10-man visitors Seattle. In his weekend review, Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle noted how the Five Stripes continued to have troubles breaking through against a packed defense. READ MORE | RECAP

Also Sunday, LAFC could not crack the code of streaking Portland in a scoreless draw at Banc of California Stadium. While the hosts remained unbeaten in their shiny new digs, the Timbers extended their bulletproof run to 12 games, their longest such streak since 2013. RECAP

New York sides score home wins

New York City FC closed within a point of Atlanta’s Supporters’ Shield lead, as late goals from Jesus Medina and Anton Tinnerholm earned them a 2-0 home triumph against Columbus. Young winger Jonathan Lewis put on another super-sub show, setting up the 80th-minute winner. READ MORE | RECAP

A pair of late bombs from Marc Rzatkowski lifted the new York Red Bulls to a comeback 3-2 win over Sporting KC. The Red Bulls chalked up their fourth win in five, and their third in a row at home. RECAP

Lions top TFC to end slide

f3c4d2be-f231-48e7-9714-4ef2546bccbe.jpg Orlando City halted a nine-game losing streak by besting visitors Toronto FC by a 2-1 count. Following the sorely-needed victory, Matt Doyle and Bobby Warshaw discussed how the body language has changed since James O’Connor took over for Jason Kreis. WATCH VIDEO | RECAP

FCD, Galaxy climb in the west

On Saturday night, FC Dallas recaptured the Brimstone Cup with a 3-1 home victory against Chicago. Carlos Gruezo, Kellyn Acosta and Reto Ziegler scored to help the hosts extend their West lead to three points. RECAP

The LA Galaxy continued their summer surge with a 3-2 rally win away to 10-man New England. The visitors have now crossed the playoff line after a 3-0-2 run. RECAP

Home cooking for Impact, Loons

Montreal won their fifth straight at home, topping San Jose 2-0 on Saturday night. In addition to another bad result leaving them winless in 10, the Earthquakes exposed some troubles in the group with a strange and tense substitution row between head coach Mikael Stahre and midfielder Fatai Alashe. READ MORE | RECAP

Minnesota United FC raced ahead with three second-half goals, and then hung on late for a 3-2 home win over Real Salt Lake. As much as the game was a swerving roller coaster ride, RSL boss Mike Petke delivered the grand finish with a heated post-game rant about the officiating. READ MORE | RECAP

Dynamo held in Colorado

Colorado posted their first home shutout in three months with a nil-nil draw against visiting Houston. Despite going stingy, the Rapids still have but one win from their last eight at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. RECAP

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