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Rooney hopes D.C. shakes home funk against Crew

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Forward-midfielder Wayne Rooney is frustrated that D.C. United don’t appear to be learning from some of their mistakes early this season. They will get another chance when they attempt to end their recent struggles at home against struggling Columbus Crew SC on Saturday night.

D.C. (5-3-2, 17 points) has gone three consecutive matches without a win at home, losing to New York City FC and Los Angeles FC with a draw against the Montreal Impact sandwiched between.

Their last victory of any sort came at Columbus (4-5-1, 13 points) on April 24, when Rooney’s free kick goal decided a 1-0 contest.

United followed that game with a 1-0 loss to Minnesota United, in which D.C. rookie Donovan Pines had what appeared to be his first career goal waived off for a foul via a video review. That would have put D.C. ahead early. Instead, D.C. succumbed to Angelo Rodriguez’s 82nd-minute match-winner.

“We, after games, need to learn from some of our performances, and today we didn’t learn,” Rooney said following the defeat. “In the game, the second half seems to be a mental thing where we come out and we’re hanging on, and although, as I said last game, we showed great resilience today, I thought there was space to play and I think we lost it a bit too much at times.”

Meanwhile, Columbus has had its own frustrations during a four-game losing skid, last scoring three games ago through Pedro Santos in a 3-1 home defeat to Portland.

The Crew followed their home loss to D.C. with a 2-0 defeat at the Houston Dynamo last weekend, despite holding a slight edge on shots in both games.

Columbus coach Caleb Porter says it’s important to maintain a level-headed perspective on those performances as they approach the D.C. rematch.

“It was a bad week in terms of results, but we didn’t all of the sudden become a bad team in a week,” Porter said this week. “It’s easy to lose sight of that. But at the same time we have to take the opportunity to take a hard look at why we’re falling short. Because we are falling short. And that’s what we’re going to do.”

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