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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.
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?
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