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Morning Ticker: Manchester United trounce All-Stars, Vancouver wins priority coin toss and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

It only took 23 seconds for Manchester United to open the scoring Wednesday night in Houston.

Italian starlet Federico Macheda took an errant backpass from Kevin Alston and beat Donovan Ricketts, a harbinger for the rest of the evening, as Manchester United beat the MLS All-Star team 5-2. Macheda then doubled United's lead off a corner kick just over 10 minutes later.

The All-Stars settled down, and Brian Ching pulled one back in front of a home crowd of 70,728. It would get no closer, as United hit again, scoring three more times, including a brilliant individual effort from Tom Cleverly, and a cheeky lob by Mexican forward Javier Hernandez, who scored on his Manchester United debut. Dwayne De Rosario added a second for MLS.

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Vancouver wins priority coin toss

At halftime of last night's All-Star Game in Houston, a coin toss was won by the Vancouver Whitecaps, awarding the 2011 expansion side the choice of the first pick in either the MLS SuperDraft and MLS Expansion Draft. The Whitecaps will also get first priority over Portland when it comes to signing players from the second division, and the two will then get to choose alternately between things like Allocation spot, Designated Player ranking and other player mechanisms.

Marathon rolls, Joe Public snatches late draw

Marathon had no problem against Panamanian club Tauro, winning 3-0 on the road for a seemingly insurmountable advantage heading back home. A brace from Claudio Labarinas led the way as the Hondurans triumphed easily.

Trinidad & Tobago side Joe Public left it late, but left Costa Rica with a 2-2 draw heading into the second leg against Brujas. Trent Noel equalized in second half stoppage time as Joe Public aims to progress to the group stage. Brujas had opened the scoring just over a minute in, but couldn't hold on to a late 2-1 lead.

Internacional goes up in Libertadores

A matchup of two Brazilian clubs in the storied Copa Libertadores tournament ended with Internacional up after the first leg by a 1-0 margin over Sao Paulo. Giuliano's goal in the 67th minute was all the scoring this one would see, as Internacional dominated proceedings, outshooting their opponents 12-3, but only coming away with the single goal.

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What did you think of Wednesday night's All-Star game? Disappointed? Excited that Vancouver and Portland are so close to joining? Can Joe Public do it again? Is Internacional going to hold on to a one-goal lead?

Share your thoughts below.

98 comments
  • Zach

    My question is why? Idc what anyone says in its defense, the current All-Star game setup of “MLS vs. really good club team” is dumb and does NOT showcase MLS’ growth, especially with inept fans voting in undeserved players and missing out on other deserving players such as Zakuani.

    If we really insist on doing an All-Star game, it should be East vs. West. MLS All-Stars vs. [insert club team] makes us look amateurish. But of course, MLS & Garber are whores for $$$$ and last night’s game drew 70,000+ so the format wont be changing any time soon

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  • Zach

    Which is why I’d muchhhh rather see “MLS club vs. European club” friendlies such as Philly Union vs. Man Utd, than MLS “All-Stars” vs. Man Utd.

    The clubs play better because they have team chemistry. They’re not an assortment of All Stars.

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  • Zach

    And let’s be honest, Garber beaming about this being the “4th most-attended All Star game in US sport’s history” does not reflect soccer growth in American…

    It reflects:
    -Man United’s massive popularity/fanbase in America of American’s and British ex-pats,
    -The popularity of Javier Hernandez in the Hispanic communities around Houston. Massive turn-out of Mexican-Americans to watch Chicarito…also a testament to Man Utd’s shrewd marketing strategies. (see Ji-Sung Park and their success in the Asian market)

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  • t

    the finishes by UTD were clinical. very much why their players are at the top of the world.
    macheda and cleverly will be stars at UTD if they stay there. and why would they go any where else?
    and that was hardly UTDs B team. every one of those players sees the starting line up during the season.

    those of you who are saying this makes the MLS look bad, are really not thinking very well.
    any one who knows anything about this game, knows the story. it hardly makes them look bad.

    fun game to watch.

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  • EA Scott

    Gee, I guess you can’t just throw a bunch of guys together for 2 days and put them up against one of the best teams in the world and expect them to compete. It works against OK teams, but teams like United are going to crush you. It was entertaining though:)

    People need to relax on Alston – it wasn’t the world cup. After the big error, he played well against some of the best wingers in Europe, Giggs, Nani…

    No offense to Marvell Wynne, but Alston’s got a lot of skill to go with his speed. Definitely the USMNT right back of the future…

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  • WeatherManNX01

    It did not help that we had several players unable to play because of Champions League play. If MLS wants its all-stars to play in the All-Star Game, it’s going to have to work around Champions League scheduling. If that means moving the All-Star Game into August or a week earlier in July (which I think would have been feasible), so be it.

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  • WeatherManNX01

    I was a little disappointed in the coin toss. Everything I read beforehand made it seem like the toss would actually occur as part of halftime at the All-Star Game. Instead, we get a few seconds of voice-over video that was taken earlier in the day in an empty stadium. Boring. I see no reason why they couldn’t have done a little MLS pomp and circumstance and actually had the representatives do the coin toss on the field in front of the 70,000+ and a live TV audience.

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  • bryan

    agreed. couple all of that with the fact they played together for 2 days and the fact the LA players got there that day…it’s no surprise. what has been a surprise is how well the MLS has done over the past couple of years in these games. they get no time to play together.

    either way, very fun game to watch.

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  • B1879

    I’m actually pretty excited about Alston’s potential future for the USMNT. Yeah he made a bad pass in the All-Star game, but it’s not like he missed a penalty that would have won the MLS Cup.

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  • Dinho

    Zach, I don’t disagree with you. I would MUCH prefer a East v. West type match and I agree that there were some massively poor selections made (i.e. Moreno, Pearce)

    And, yes, United are marketing geniuses. I haven’t heard an ovation for a substitute like that for Chicharito since….I don’t even know. Glad he scored. Kid could be special. By the way, I am an United fan…and not a fairweather fan. Began with the days of Gary Bailey in goal (yes, before I could talk).

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  • a

    i agree. it really irks me. its just ignorance on espn’s part. its disrespectful to those who died in munich.

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  • scott47a

    I disagree, I believe they should give Portland the shaft in every possible way.

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  • BSU SC

    I’m not offended, I just think it’s silly to complain about something that billions of people say. If Manchester United didn’t want to be called Man U, they would ask people not to say it.

    …and I don’t know what fans you know, but I don’t know of any who are annoyed by the nickname Man U. You must be referring to a small minority of people.

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  • WeatherManNX01

    I’m just saying, the coin toss actually had a bit of hype around it, and the result was not worth my time at all. If they’re going to make a big deal about it, make it a big deal. If they want it to just kinda fade into the ether, don’t pump it up to be anything.

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  • steveo

    if we can keep his goals allowed to one per game and Omar’s goals alowed to ne and Bronstein’s to oen every other game, we’d only allow 2.5 goals per game and our defense would be OK….

    wait, how many goals are scored on average in top flight soccer?

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  • Denver Omelette

    That was not even close to the same United team that KC played. Try again.

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  • Denver Omelette

    It is so funny that people are defending the MLS team so much. If they had won, we would all be hearing about how the gap is closing and MLS is really good! This was said after every all star game the last few years. I am a huge MLS fan, sadly, a 13 year Rapids season ticket holder. Yes, MLS talent levels are growing leaps and bounds, but there is still a lot of work to be done and last night proved it.

    This was not the same United team that played KC, so people should stop bringing that up as well.

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  • SP

    well i guess since you dont know anyone offended by it, then no one is, right? after all, you know everyone.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/95405-its-united-not-man-u

    that might help.

    now find me a link to ANYONE associated with utd referring to the club as man u. or any supporter songs sung in old trafford. or any official merchandise with man u on it. the reason they dont come out and scold the public is bc that would alienate fans.

    but after all, you dont know anyone offended by it, so it’s surely not a big deal.

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  • tmack

    the revs might not be in the hole they’re in if shalrie could keep his nose clean….considering the way he let down his teammates, he should just keep his head down and get to work….oh, and shut his effing pie-hole

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  • r.benjamin

    Last night re-inforced something I think I already knew. It is 100% about speed of play. A combination of physical speed, precision and sharpness of passing and mindset.

    The Man U players turned in on a little last night and the true gap became apparent. The MLS players simply weren’t prepared or didn’t have the physical attributes or class to keep up. How many weak or sloppy passes did the MLS have last night?? A ton.

    Sure they were just thrown together and it’s not to say that some couldn’t turn it up a step, however it does show that at any given time, an MLS player is not Premier League quality.

    Primarily this arguement is for INTL call ups. A good MLS season doesn’t mean much. A forward with strong physical attributes like Ching (size) might sneak something against higher quality, but as far as touch, vision and class.. an MLS season at this point is equal to lower championship or high League 1.

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  • Goobx1

    Javier Morales I thought was right there with Marshall especially in the second half.

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  • Joe

    I’m a Manchester United (so as to not offend anyone) die-hard and don’t necessarily condone the usage of Man U, but to be fair your link is to a site where I’ve seen MANY fans and columnists use the term. I scan the Bleacherreport site from time to time and for you to try and put the onus back on someone else to find a site where “Man U” is used is pretty irresponsible and petty.

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  • Vince Clortho

    Early goals change games. That being said the MLS boys were looking to play an offensive game regardless of the outcome. It’s a show, and was a lot of fun to watch. I think the scoreline was a little flattering for MANU considering the Alston gift and the Conde gaffes. I agree that Morales and Ferreria looked good.

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  • Goobx1

    It is much nicer to see only one side that looks like it has never played together vs. an East vs. West MLS Allstar game with two sides that look like they have never played together.

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  • Neruda

    The scoreline speaks more to the fact that ManU is starting to gel and the All Stars were trying to feel each other out. Sure MLS All-Stars can beat lesser clubs who’s youngsters aren’t phenoms. Some good work in the midfield and Juan Pablo was dangerous but the MLS defense was bad. They didn’t play their assignment a few times and got burned. Another sign that for them it was more like a pick-up game.

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  • Charles

    To everyones credit, the comments seem to be the same whether the MLS wins these games, or Man U crushes the MLS.

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  • JP

    Perhaps a better indication of the development of our league and players will come out of the next USA game against a very young Brazilian squad…

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  • East River

    Let me get this straight. Ricketts was rested in a Champions League game Tuesday night and then the next night his head coach selects him for an All-Star game? And had the nerve to say the All-Star wasn’t a priority? Love it.

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  • SP

    yes, a grammatical mistake compared to a reference to a song glorifying a plane crash, that sounds fair.

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  • SP

    sorry, to clarify, i put that link as a sort of background to show i wasn’t making this gripe up. and i was telling him to find a site where someone affiliated with man utd such as a player or a coach refers to it as such, not a random site like i did, as he thinks that it is a nicknamed condoned by the club.

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  • BSU SC

    It was an exhibition. The game against the All-Stars meant just as much as the game against Kansas City, which is absolutely nothing. Is that easy enough for you to understand?

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  • BSU SC

    bleacherreport…are you serious?!?! that’s what you’re using to support your opinion?

    I’m done with this. It’s such a silly discussion. I’m not going to waste anymore time with it.

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  • Rodney

    Exactly right mate. Exactly right. Hard for people to really see and appreciate, but that’s one big difference between the Champions league knock out stages and mid table in Spain or Italy or England, let alone the MLS. I think, though, that some MLS players would make the squad sheet of the weaker sides in top European leagues. Most though would be down a division. No doubt about it.

    Let’s wait and see, however, as players improve between 19 and 24 over here (players that weren’t good enough in Colombia or Honduras at 19 to get to Europe) the lesser European clubs might start taking our league more seriously as an emerging talent pool. Like a Scandinavian league!

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  • jayrig5

    I agree that it’s lazy to not just say Manchester United, but our sportscasters will say Mizzou over Missouri any day of the week. For God’s sake, one ESPN anchor says “The Nation” in an annoyingly whiny voice when referring to the Red Sox. No one means anything by using the name. You don’t have to condone anything. In fact, you can feel all superior because you know what it means, it’s a surefire way of sniffing out bandwagon fans. But getting this upset, you’ll have to take up the cause for everything referring to a team that could be equally as offensive. I expect to see you on Washington Redskin forums decrying the team’s name, because of the racial stigma. And there are many others, for sure.

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  • mattoomba

    The only thing I learned from this game (and it’s something I’ve thought for some time): they need to get rid of that ridiculous trophy ceremony at the end. It’s meaningless to the visiting club if they win it, and it’s embarrassing to the MLS players (or it should be) if they win it. Instead, after the game have both teams walk together around the field applauding the fans and the game. It’s supposed to be a celebration, so end it with a celebration. While on the field, every player wants to win; but when the game is over the result is meaningless, so don’t try to instill meaning with a silly little piece of tin.

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  • Denver Omelette

    So, it is hard for you to understand that the team fielded against KC was not the “same” United team as you called it.

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  • geebear

    You have got to be kidding me! So crap on the MLS sophomore? The Allstars as a team failed as a team, but heck, what do you expect when there was little preparation playing against some of the best players in the world who, by the way, actually train together as a team? Further, there wasn’t one player on that field for the Allstars with a mindset weak enough to be crushed by Alston’s mistake. Thank goodness you aren’t making coaching decisions for games that matter, because you would toss out a player who at 22, playing in front of a crowd of 70,000 for the first time in his life, made a mistake, with zero support from a back line who clearly hadn’t practiced together enough – in an allstar match, no less! Seriously, a truer measure of Alston’s talent is how he plays from week to week for one of the worst teams in the league (read: a team held together by it’s defensive line), and how well he recovered from the mistake he made last night. If you couldn’t see how well he performed after the error (shutting Nani down time and time again, for example), then you have no clue how to spot fantastic potential in a young player who, I hate to tell you, you will be watching defend for the Nats in the years to come.

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  • Edward Sasam

    It was a very entertaining match, and while the score (5-2 Manchester United) was a bit lopsided, both teams played good ball. It was not the dead match that the AP reported.

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