Wayne Rooney fired DC United to the top of Major League Soccer ’ s Eastern Conference standings on Wednesday , scoring the game ’ s only goal in a 1 – 0 win over Columbus Crew .
Former Manchester United and England star Rooney curled home a low free – kick in the 27th minute to give United all three points and their first win in Columbus since 2007.
The victory leaves United three points clear of second – placed Montreal Impact at the top of the Eastern Conference standings with 17 points from nine games.
Montreal kept pace with United after a 3 – 0 away win against the New England Revolution .
Shamit Shome opened the scoring for Montreal in the 79th minute , tapping home a close – range effort after a horrendous blunder by Revs goalkeeper Cody Cropper , who spilled what should have been a straightforward save .
Anthony Jackson – Hamel added a late brace for Montreal , with goals in the 85th and 90th minutes .
Elsewhere Wednesday , Argentinian striker Valentin Castellanos scored in the ninth minute to hand New York City FC a 1 – 0 win over the Chicago Fire at Yankee Stadium .
The 20 – year – old from Mendoza slid home a perfect low pass from Brazilian forward Heber to give City all three points to move them into seventh spot in the Eastern Conference .