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Matchnight: MLS all-stars vs. Manchester United

Where: Reliant Stadium in Houston.
When: 8:30 p.m. ET.
Attendance: Sellout (70,000+).
TV: ESPN2, Galavision.
Online video: ESPN3.com

MLS STARTERS: GK Donovan Ricketts; Ds Kevin Alston, Jamison Olave, Chad Marshall, Heath Pearce; MFs Marco Pappa, Shalrie Joseph, Javier Morales, Sebastien Le Toux, Guillermo Barros Schelotto. F Juan Pablo Angel.

MANCHESTER UNITED STARTERS: GK Edwin van der Sar; Ds Rafael da Silva, Wes Brown, Jonny Evans, Fabio da Silva; MFs Gabriel Obertan, John O'Shea, Darren Fletcher, Ryan Giggs, Nani; F Federico Macheta.

Your pregame, in-game and postgame observations are encouraged. Enjoy!

By Steve Goff  |  July 28, 2010; 8:29 PM ET
Categories:  England , MLS  | Tags: MLS All-Star Game, Manchester United  
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Comments

The only Americans attacking in this lineup are fullbacks. Ouch.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 28, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

that was quick . . .

Posted by: emanon13 | July 28, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Nice work, Alston.

Posted by: BooThisMan | July 28, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

and another - this could be a long night for the MLS squad

Posted by: emanon13 | July 28, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Wambach to Huffman in the 64th.


O'Campo unassisted in the 67th.

2-2 in the 70th

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 28, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

This is turning into a disaster for MLS. Throughout the summer World Cup soccer was on the front pages and enjoyed record setting popularity - while under everyone's breath they said how awful the MLS is. So there have been huge audience gains for the sport in general, but MLS seems to have flatlined when it comes to traction and mass consumption. Sure the recent expansion attendances and Henry are nice additions, but the league is constantly fighting for respect. Getting throtled by Man Utd with a lot of eyes in the match won't help. Let's hope for a couple goals for the All-stars.

Posted by: Kev29 | July 28, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

This lineup lacks pace on the wings. Bruce wanted to possess and defend, but it sure aint working.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 28, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

The Stars don't look to bad in possession. Some chances there. If we Americans can ever teach kids to defend, we'll be a force

Posted by: Kev29 | July 28, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

2-2 in the 86th

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 28, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

O'Campo for the brace in te 88th. 3-2 Beat

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 28, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Kev, I'd agree we're not terrible in possession, but we are giving Man U an awfully long time to set up, and this is one club you don't want to be top heavy against.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 28, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Final. 3-2. 9 points in the last 3 for Atlanta.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 28, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Signing ManU as the All-Star opponents is a no-lose situation. If you lose to them, no shame--they are one of the best clubs in the world. If you get a result, you're amazing. And you get a huge TV audience. As long as it doesn't end up 4-0, MLS is ok.

Posted by: glfrazier | July 28, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

The ESPN crew is certainly not going to help hold on to viewers. Stone/Lalas/Foudy/JP/Harkes. Every single one of them...unlistenable. How about Lalas saying that the MLS stars should expect to win? That guy might be the world's biggest dipstick.

Posted by: Kev29 | July 28, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Goal! Nice!!

Posted by: Kev29 | July 28, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

@Kev29, if you think the ESPN commentators are bad, you need to hear the FSC ones...

Posted by: StewartDC8 | July 28, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Oh I know them

Posted by: Kev29 | July 28, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

ah okay, cause those are the guys that i REALLY can't stand..

Posted by: StewartDC8 | July 28, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

HAHA what a crap line up to start the game.
why did donovan and buddle play full games last night? they were losing 3-0 then 4-0 and he kept them in...
better off having them and DeRosario start in the All Star game....
Arena had a crappy lineup.

Posted by: Redskins2881 | July 28, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Team Doc thoroughly enjoyed the all-star game. Watching van der Saar wipe his brow after that one shot was classic.

Thanks for the updates, JofA-ish. Beat are on a roll... Freedom, not so much.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | July 28, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Thanks JfA

Posted by: OWNTF | July 28, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

I guess Washington has the worst teams in both mens and womens soccer now

Posted by: OWNTF | July 28, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

John Harkes:

" . . . this could make them more hungrier" . . .

How much longer do we have to suffer through this fool?

Posted by: delantero | July 28, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Anyone watching Flounders/Metapan?

Posted by: DadRyan | July 28, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Some great finishes, not a completely embarrassing loss, and an obvious effort from Man U. I'd say two hours well spent- more worth my time than most of the recent ASGs

Posted by: carmines757 | July 28, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

I guess Washington has the worst teams in both mens and womens soccer now
Posted by: OWNTF | July 28, 2010 11:15 PM

And we're pretty mediocre in baseball, football, men's and women's basketball . . . wait, are we Cleveland?

Posted by: delantero | July 28, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

our hockey team rules the regular season!

and then chokes in the playoffs...

Posted by: diego_r | July 29, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse

I did enjoy how the Guardian referred to the ASG as: "tonight's big ball game against the Landycakes Donovan Major League Soccerball Superstar All Stars."

Posted by: diego_r | July 29, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

People are stupid. How can anyone think there is something to garner about a result between a collection of players who have never played together and a world class team. WOW they lost.....what a shock.


Posted by: rockotodd | July 29, 2010 2:08 AM | Report abuse

John Harkes:
" . . . this could make them more hungrier" . . .
How much longer do we have to suffer through this fool?
Posted by: delantero
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Until he uses the superlative "most hungriest."

KC > Man U, Man U > MLS, therefore KC are champions of the MLS friendly season.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 29, 2010 7:20 AM | Report abuse

The reason we play this game is all because of SUM. They stage these summer matches with the big international teams and they frankly don't mind that there is no real competetive element to the match. It doesn't matter to that group if the MLS team labeled "All-Star" get smoked or not, or is undermanned due to scheduling conflicts as posed by CONCACAF. They just want a deliverable to the sponsors and TV partners.

Without SUM, MLS would have gone out of business is 2001 when the league folded Miami and Tampa. KP, when he was Phil's Czar of Soccer, created the blueprint that essentially saved MLS and brought us SUM.

Posted by: mightymax | July 29, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

KC > Man U, Man U > MLS, therefore KC are champions of the MLS friendly season.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 29, 2010 7:20 AM


And by champion of MLS friendly season you mean champion of the World, right?

Posted by: grubbsbl | July 29, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

I swear, mightymax, it's like I'm looking into a mirror. Or seeing double. Or talking to myself.

Anyway the MLS All-Star match was very entertaining to watch. The speed of play, vision, and touch of the Man U players were levels above the MLS players, but I agree that was to be expected. So too was the poor quality of the announcers. Harkes is a tool and made the match unlistenable. I had to turn the volume way down because his idiotic commentary was ruining the experience. It was nice to see Jaime get a chance to take the field.

And what is so wrong about these summer friendlies? Most of them are entertaining to watch, and those of us who can't travel to Europe can still get a chance to see quality sides (even Man U's third team is quality) play soccer closer to home. I don't begrudge anybody (read: SUM) making money from these events. 70,000+ is an awesome crowd for a friendly. And I do think last night's match was competitive. And more entertaining than the WC final.

Posted by: AmishJim | July 29, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

No doubt that summer friendlies serve a purpose (money, chance to see top Euro teams), but the concept is watered down by a team like Portsmouth and it adds to the busy schedule. Granted, some consider the CCL as friendlies and others feel the same about the USOC. I realize that MLS needs the money, but do other leagues schedule so many friendlies in mid-season? I think it's better if the summer friendlies are limited to the All-Star game and Euro v Euro matches.

@grubbsbi: The Club World Cup already has that title. I was thinking more like CHAMPIONS OF THE UNIVERSE!!!!

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 29, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

haha I-270. That is more like it.

I do agree that it gets watered down with the likes of Portsmouth, or Bolton (did you guys know they were here? I didn't but my friend flew back from London a few weeks ago and sat next to Zack Knight in economy class). Though, Philly and KC playing United is fine by me and it is a cash cow (Not to be confused with AmishJims cash cow). I also really enjoyed the THE United v Milan game. So, I think Euro clubs can play MLS teams but only if they are big name clubs. Please no more THE United v Swindon Town FC type matches.

Posted by: grubbsbl | July 29, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Trofeo Santiago Bernabeu

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | July 29, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

D.C. United plays Chelsea in a brilliant match, both teams playing exciting soccer. Derek Rae is alone in the booth, and he's at his best on ESPN. It's a beautiful evening, cool and crisp. The stadium is jam-packed with fans from both teams, who sing and drink beer together as both sides walk off the pitch toward the stands, clapping above their heads to pay respect to the fans, who rocked the house all night. Says Frank Lampard later: "That was one of the best soccer experiences I've ever had."

And what will people say on this blog?

"What a stupid game! I can't believe they used Kwik Goals!"

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | July 29, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

So what was the final? I was more interested in Top Chef.

Posted by: Reignking | July 29, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Top Chef is brilliant. Even though the judges are more nihilistic than the average Soccer Insider poster. The final was 5-2 though. (Scoring Summary: Macheda, Macheda, Ching, Gibson, Hernandez, Cleverly, De Rossario.)

Randa-al-Thor, you forgot to add that Freddy Adu would score the game winner. All the Freddy haters would come out and complain that he isn't good.

Posted by: grubbsbl | July 29, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Also, Seattle won last night 1-0. In front of a crowd of 17K. In all honest, things like that make it hard for me to hate them. In fact, I don't hate them. I am glad they have such a passionate following.

Posted by: grubbsbl | July 29, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

33k in Atlanta for America-Man City.

Posted by: Reignking | July 29, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

The stadium is jam-packed with fans from both teams...
Posted by: Rand-al-Thor
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Yes. The atmosphere at United Park at Inner Harbor is unequaled.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 29, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

1. That was an entertaining match, and the youngsters from Man U are all that and more.

2. Jaime had a good look at the end , that woulda been a sweet goal. Class move by Arena in my book.

3. Harkes is alright in my book. He "does well." And I am a fan of Rob Stone and Julie Foudy too, so there. And Hopkins for that matter.

4. There is a difference between an Adu "hater" and an Adu skeptic, and rumors today are that he is trialing for yet another minor league Euro team.

Posted by: OWNTF | July 29, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Freddy Montero's fluke goal made Rob Green look human.
A friend of mine posted flicks from the Sounders game on his facebook page. I am still having a hard time believing they got 17K in there for the match but I guess I'll have to believe them. Still impressive considering it was not included in the season ticket packages.

Posted by: DadRyan | July 29, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

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