Man U crushes MLS all-stars be­fore 70,728 in Hous­ton

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

HOUS­TON — Manch­ester United turned the Ma­jor League Soc­cer All-Star game into its own show­case of tal­ent.

Fed­erico Macheda had two early goals, Mex­i­can star Javier Her­nan­dez scored in his de­but for the Red Devils, and Manch­ester United routed the MLS All-Stars 5-2 on Wed­nes­day night in the fi­nal ex­hi­bi­tion game of its North Amer­i­can tour.

The sell­out crowd of 70,728 was the largest for an MLS All-Star game since the first one in 1996 drew 78,416 to Giants Sta­dium. It was the largest crowd for a soc­cer game at Re­liant Sta­dium.

Dar­ron Gib­son and Tom Cleverley added goals for the Red Devils, tun­ing up for the start of the Premier League sea­son next month.

Hous­ton Dy­namo star Brian Ching had a goal and an as­sist for the All-Stars, who were hop­ing for a val­i­dat­ing vic­tory against one of the world’s pre-em­i­nent soc­cer pow­ers. But Macheda scored twice in the first 13 min­utes, quickly dash­ing the MLS team’s hopes.

The Red Devils played with­out sev­eral top play­ers.

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