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Jul 21, 2018 at 8.30pm UK at ​Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, Georgia)
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Arriola (49'), Rooney (50'), Durkin (78')

Wayne Rooney bemoans "difficult" start to life in Major League Soccer

Wayne Rooney bemoans
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DC United striker Wayne Rooney admits that he found things "difficult" and "tough" against Atlanta United, but is pleased to have made his first start.

Wayne Rooney has said that he is "happy" to have made his first start for DC United, but admits that he found the game against Atlanta United "difficult".

The ex-England international played 66 minutes at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium as Eastern Conference basement boys United lost 3-1 to table-topping Atlanta.

As well as failing to register a goal or assist on his full debut, Rooney was cautioned for a clash with Chris McCann and also misplaced a pass in the build-up to the opposition's opener.

Speaking to his new side's official website after the match, the former Manchester United and Everton ace admitted to having mixed feelings.

"Today was a difficult game. Atlanta are top of the league and they're a good team," he said. "We knew it was going to be a difficult game. We knew it was going to be tough.

"We had to hang in there at times and unfortunately we didn't quite do that well enough today. But there are still a few positives and I'm happy about more minutes on the pitch today which will help me. Overall, I'm disappointed with the result on a personal level."

Rooney also featured for half an hour from the bench against Vancouver Whitecaps last weekend, setting up one of his side's goals in their 3-1 win.

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Wayne Rooney in training with DC United on July 6, 2018
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