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