Rooney stopped in a shootout, Crew advance past United

D.C. United midfielder Ulises Segura, front, battles for the ball against Columbus Crew SC defender Gaston Sauro (22) during the first half of an MLS playoff soccer match, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
D.C. United midfielder Ulises Segura, front, battles for the ball against Columbus Crew SC defender Gaston Sauro (22) during the first half of an MLS playoff soccer match, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP/Nick Wass)
D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum (15) batted for the ball against Columbus Crew SC midfielder Pedro Santos (7) during the first half of an MLS playoff soccer match, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum (15) batted for the ball against Columbus Crew SC midfielder Pedro Santos (7) during the first half of an MLS playoff soccer match, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP/Nick Wass)
Columbus Crew SC forward Federico Higuain, left, celebrates his goal with midfielder Justin Meram (9) and others during the first half of an MLS playoff soccer match against D.C. United, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Columbus Crew SC forward Federico Higuain, left, celebrates his goal with midfielder Justin Meram (9) and others during the first half of an MLS playoff soccer match against D.C. United, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP/Nick Wass)
Columbus Crew SC defender Jonathan Mensah (4), midfielder Artur (8) and defender Gaston Sauro (22) celebrate after winning an MLS playoff soccer match in penalty kicks against D.C. United, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Washington. The Crew SC won 2-2 (3-2) in penalty kicks. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Columbus Crew SC defender Jonathan Mensah (4), midfielder Artur (8) and defender Gaston Sauro (22) celebrate after winning an MLS playoff soccer match in penalty kicks against D.C. United, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Washington. The Crew SC won 2-2 (3-2) in penalty kicks. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP/Nick Wass)
Columbus Crew SC goalkeeper Zack Steffen (23) celebrates with midfielder Artur (8) and defender Milton Valenzuela, right, after winning an MLS playoff soccer match in penalty kicks against D.C. United, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Washington. The Crew SC won 2-2 (3-2) in penalty kicks. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Columbus Crew SC goalkeeper Zack Steffen (23) celebrates with midfielder Artur (8) and defender Milton Valenzuela, right, after winning an MLS playoff soccer match in penalty kicks against D.C. United, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Washington. The Crew SC won 2-2 (3-2) in penalty kicks. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP/Nick Wass)
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D.C. United midfielder Ulises Segura, front, battles for the ball against Columbus Crew SC defender Gaston Sauro (22) during the first half of an MLS playoff soccer match, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum (15) batted for the ball against Columbus Crew SC midfielder Pedro Santos (7) during the first half of an MLS playoff soccer match, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Columbus Crew SC forward Federico Higuain, left, celebrates his goal with midfielder Justin Meram (9) and others during the first half of an MLS playoff soccer match against D.C. United, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Columbus Crew SC defender Jonathan Mensah (4), midfielder Artur (8) and defender Gaston Sauro (22) celebrate after winning an MLS playoff soccer match in penalty kicks against D.C. United, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Washington. The Crew SC won 2-2 (3-2) in penalty kicks. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Columbus Crew SC goalkeeper Zack Steffen (23) celebrates with midfielder Artur (8) and defender Milton Valenzuela, right, after winning an MLS playoff soccer match in penalty kicks against D.C. United, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Washington. The Crew SC won 2-2 (3-2) in penalty kicks. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wayne Rooney was stopped on a shootout attempt in his MLS playoff debut, Nick DeLeon skied D.C. United’s final kick over the crossbar and the Columbus Crew beat D.C. United 3-2 on penalty kicks after they tied 2-2 on Thursday night.

Columbus goalkeeper Zack Steffen denied United’s top two scorers in Rooney and Luciano Acosta. Patrick Mullins, who was traded to Columbus from D.C. earlier this year, had a chance to win it, but his penalty shot hit the crossbar and DeLeon wasn’t close on the final attempt.

Federico Higuain, Wil Trapp and Niko Hansen converted in the shootout for Columbus. The Crew won a penalty kick shootout on the road in the knockout round for the second straight season.

Higuain scored Columbus’ second latest goal in club history in the 96th minute by heading in Harrison Afful’s cross. But DeLeon, a second-half sub, tied it at 2 in the first minute of the second extra 15-minute session in front of a sellout crowd of 20,600.

Frederic Brillant opened the scoring in the 21st minute for D.C. United by heading home a rebound for his first goal of the season. Higuain tied it nine minutes later by sending home a loose ball in front of the net.

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