Manchester United is widely considered one of the best soccer teams in the world, so Major League Soccer decided that for this year’s All Star Match, the best players of the MLS would play against Man-U.
The MLS All Stars took the field against Man-U Wednesday evening looking to give a much needed boost to American soccer. After the US exited the World Cup early in the knockout rounds, as is typical, the sport finds that critics are harsh and relentless without a winning team.
Redemption however, was not the song that was played on Wednesday, despite the excitement level from the sold out crowd that showed up at Houston’s Reliant Stadium to watch the match. Popular MLS All Star team players such as Landon Donavon and Juan Pablo Angel couldn’t seem to get anything started offensively against Man-U. It was essentially over quickly for the MLS team, as Manchester United’s Federico Macheda put The Red Devils up a goal in under 30 seconds. He then added a second goal to give Man-U a 2-0 advantage just 11 minutes later.
The MLS team would score first in the second half to bring the difference to just one goal, but Manchester United would add three more goals before the last minute of the match when Dwayne De Rosario added the MLS team’s final goal.
Even without some of their top players competing, Manchester United gave proof that the MLS has a long way to go before teams will compare to teams in the Premier League.
Nani and Federico Macheda wearing the Nike Mercurial line, Teammate Ryan Giggs wearing Reebok.
Javier Morales of Real Salt Lake wearing the adidas F50 adiZero.
Edwin van der Sar makes a save wearing the adidas adipure III.
Darren Fletcher in the adidas adipure III and Jeff Larentowicz in the Nike Tiempo.
Donovan Ricketts wearing Nike GK Gunn Cut Gloves.
Landon Donovan controls the ball in the Nike CTR 360.