Posted by: mdegeorge | July 29, 2010

MLS, Man U put on phenomenal show for American soccer

It didn’t have the same competitive edge as last year’s penalty kick shootout against Everton. But it was what 70,000 people came to Houston’s Reliant Stadium to see: an entertaining, free-flowing match pitting the best of MLS against one of the greatest teams in the world.

The score was about the only thing not to MLS’s liking in tonight’s MLS All-Star game with Manchester United in which the Red Devils romped to a 5-2 win. The play was wide open from the first minute when prized Italian starlet Federico Macheda scored just 24 seconds into the match.The Manchester young guns were on display with their World Cup participants still on hiatus, giving American fans a chance to look back in 10 years and be able to share more than a few, “I saw him play way back when”s.

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Macheda bagged two markers to complement goals by Darron Gibson, this brilliant finish by Tom Cleverly, and the first ever goal in Man U red for Javier Hernandez wearing his nickname, “Chicharito”, on his jersey.

While the final results don’t bear it out, this game was one that both sides dearly wanted. Sir Alex Ferguson’s men were still stinging from their loss to the Kansas City Wizards on the weekend, and saved their best for the last stop on their five-game North American tour. The MLS All-Stars were trying to avenge last year’s loss on penalties to Everton by claiming their biggest scalp in the since the 2006 defeat of Chelsea.

What resulted wasn’t just a seven-on-seven drill. It was entertaining, attack-minded, occasionally defense-optional soccer, but it displayed the best of both sides. MLS’s All-Stars, a team composed of players representing nine different nations, acquitted themselves well for a team who only began playing together less than a week ago. The Red Devils obliged the fans by putting on the engaging display of talent and attacking guile that the fans came to see.

Unlike earlier All-Stars games, it wasn’t a statement that MLS belongs in the same conversation as some of the world’s best leagues. But it also didn’t devolve into a sham testimonial as some all-star contests can. Instead, it was a display of the league’s best, one that left a majority of the 70,000 fans in attendance satisfied.



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