2010 MLS All-Star Game

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MLS All-Star Game 2010
Event 2010 Major League Soccer season
Date July 28, 2010
Venue Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas
Most Valuable Player Federico Macheda (Manchester United)
Referee Jorge Gonzalez[1]
Attendance 70,728

The 2010 Major League Soccer All-Star Game, held on July 28, 2010,[2] was the 15th annual Major League Soccer All-Star Game, a soccer match involving all-stars from Major League Soccer. The MLS All-Stars faced Manchester United of the English Premier League in the seventh All-Star Game that featured the league's best players facing international competition. The match was broadcast in the US on ESPN2 in English and Galavision in Spanish.

Manchester United thrashed the MLS All-Stars 5–2 to become the first international club to defeat the All-Stars in regulation time (fellow Premier League side Everton won the 2009 All-Star Game on penalties). United forward Federico Macheda, who scored the game's first two goals, was named Most Valuable Player.

Houston Dynamo and MLS announced Reliant Stadium as the venue on September 8, 2009.[3] MLS Commissioner Don Garber speculated the league might have drawn a team from Mexico to play the MLS All-Stars in 2010, given the close proximity of the country to Houston.[4]


MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced on July 27, 2009 that Houston had been chosen as the host city for the upcoming 2010 MLS All-Star Game, in a press conference at the Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah during All-Star Week festivities. Garber said that the league was pleasantly surprised by the passionate fanbase in the Houston area and the success of Dynamo organization since it put down roots in the city. Both factors made it an ideal location to host an all-star game.

Oliver Luck, president and general manager of the Dynamo at the time of announcement, believed that Houston would be an ideal host city for next year's All-Star Game because the ethnic and cultural makeup of city has made it a natural hotbed for soccer:

The 2010 MLS All-Star game was the first to be played in the state of Texas.

MLS All-Stars voting[edit]

Like the previous year, the selection of the MLS All-Star First XI was determined by an online fan voting system that accounted for 25% of the total vote, with players, coaches and general managers, and the media each holding 25% of the vote. The fan voting period was announced after the start of the 2010 Major League Soccer season. An additional seven players were chosen by the MLS All-Star head coach Bruce Arena and the Commissioner of MLS Don Garber.

Inactive Roster[edit]

In addition to the 25-man roster of players available to participate in the match, MLS also announced 7 additional inactive all-stars: goalkeepers Jimmy Nielsen (Kansas City) and Kasey Keller (Seattle), midfielders Joel Lindpere (New York), Robbie Rogers (Columbus), Freddie Ljungberg (Seattle), and forwards Fredy Montero (Seattle) and Conor Casey (Colorado).[5]

2010 MLS All-Star Game Rosters[edit]

Major League Soccer[edit]

The 2010 MLS All-Star First XI was announced on Tuesday, July 13, 2010,[6] but midfielder Kyle Beckerman was forced to withdraw from the squad due to injury. A further 13 players were added to the roster on July 19.[7]

Players in bold denotes First XI status.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Jamaica GK Donovan Ricketts (LA Galaxy)
2 United States MF Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids)
3 Colombia DF Jámison Olave (Real Salt Lake)
4 United States DF Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)
5 United States MF Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake, injured)
6 United States DF Heath Pearce (FC Dallas)
7 Argentina MF Guillermo Barros Schelotto (Columbus Crew)
8 United States DF Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew)
9 Colombia FW Juan Pablo Ángel (New York Red Bulls)
10 United States FW Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
11 Argentina MF Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake)
13 United States DF Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA, injured)
14 United States FW Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy)
No. Position Player
15 United States MF Bobby Convey (San Jose Earthquakes)
16 Guatemala MF Marco Pappa (Chicago Fire)
17 Canada MF Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC)
18 United States GK Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
19 France MF Sébastien Le Toux (Philadelphia Union)
20 Colombia MF David Ferreira (FC Dallas)
21 Grenada MF Shalrie Joseph (New England Revolution)
22 Colombia DF Wilman Conde (Chicago Fire)
24 United States MF Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo)
25 United States FW Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo)
30 United States DF Kevin Alston (New England Revolution)
99 Bolivia FW Jaime Moreno (D.C. United)

Manchester United[edit]

Manchester United announced their squad on July 9, 2010.

Please note that the positions of the players are not given as the positions they play in the match – they are given as the positions noted on the Manchester United F.C. article.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Netherlands GK Edwin van der Sar
6 England DF Wes Brown
9 Bulgaria FW Dimitar Berbatov
11 Wales MF Ryan Giggs
12 England DF Chris Smalling
13 South Korea MF Park Ji-Sung
14 Mexico FW Javier Hernández
17 Portugal MF Nani
18 England MF Paul Scholes
19 England FW Danny Welbeck
20 Brazil DF Fábio
21 Brazil DF Rafael
No. Position Player
22 Republic of Ireland DF John O'Shea
23 Northern Ireland DF Jonny Evans
24 Scotland MF Darren Fletcher
26 France FW Gabriel Obertan
27 Italy FW Federico Macheda
28 Republic of Ireland MF Darron Gibson
29 Poland GK Tomasz Kuszczak
30 Belgium DF Ritchie De Laet
31 Northern Ireland MF Corry Evans
32 Senegal FW Mame Biram Diouf
35 England MF Tom Cleverley
40 England GK Ben Amos

Match details[edit]

July 28, 2010
20:00 CDT
MLS All-Stars United StatesCanada 2–5 England Manchester United
Ching Goal 64'
De Rosario Goal 90'
Report Macheda Goal 1'13'
Gibson Goal 70'
Cleverley Goal 73'
Hernández Goal 84'
Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 70,728
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez[1]
MLS All-Stars
Manchester United
GK 1 Jamaica Donovan Ricketts Substituted off 45'
RB 30 United States Kevin Alston Substituted off 74'
CB 3 Colombia Jámison Olave Substituted off 45'
CB 8 United States Chad Marshall Substituted off 63'
LB 6 United States Heath Pearce Substituted off 74'
RM 19 France Sébastien Le Toux Substituted off 45'
CM 11 Argentina Javier Morales Substituted off 63'
CM 21 Grenada Shalrie Joseph Substituted off 74'
CM 7 Argentina Guillermo Barros Schelotto Substituted off 45'
LM 16 Guatemala Marco Pappa Substituted off 45'
CF 9 Colombia Juan Pablo Ángel (c) Substituted off 45'
GK 18 United States Nick Rimando Substituted in 45'
DF 4 United States Omar Gonzalez Substituted in 45'
DF 22 Colombia Wilman Conde YC 69' Substituted in 63'
MF 2 United States Jeff Larentowicz Substituted in 45'
MF 15 United States Bobby Convey Substituted in 45'
MF 17 Canada Dwayne De Rosario Substituted in 74'
MF 20 Colombia David Ferreira Substituted in 45'
MF 24 United States Brad Davis Substituted in 74'
FW 10 United States Landon Donovan Substituted in 74'
FW 14 United States Edson Buddle
FW 25 United States Brian Ching Substituted in 45'
FW 99 Bolivia Jaime Moreno Substituted in 63'
United States Bruce Arena
MLS All-Stars vs Man Utd 2010-07-28.svg
GK 1 Netherlands Edwin van der Sar
RB 21 Brazil Rafael
CB 6 England Wes Brown
CB 23 Northern Ireland Jonny Evans YC 53'
LB 20 Brazil Fábio Substituted off 72'
RM 26 France Gabriel Obertan Substituted off 23'
CM 24 Scotland Darren Fletcher
CM 22 Republic of Ireland John O'Shea
LM 17 Portugal Nani Substituted off 63'
CF 27 Italy Federico Macheda Substituted off 63'
CF 11 Wales Ryan Giggs (c) Substituted off 51'
GK 29 Poland Tomasz Kuszczak
GK 40 England Ben Amos
DF 12 England Chris Smalling
DF 30 Belgium Ritchie De Laet
MF 13 South Korea Park Ji-Sung
MF 18 England Paul Scholes Substituted in 72'
MF 28 Republic of Ireland Darron Gibson Substituted in 51'
MF 31 Northern Ireland Corry Evans
MF 35 England Tom Cleverley Substituted in 23'
FW 9 Bulgaria Dimitar Berbatov
FW 14 Mexico Javier Hernández Substituted in 63'
FW 19 England Danny Welbeck Substituted in 63'
FW 32 Senegal Mame Biram Diouf
Scotland Sir Alex Ferguson

Most Valuable Player:
Italy Federico Macheda (Manchester United)


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  2. ^ Houston is prominent in MLS All-Star Logo, José de Jesus Ortiz, Houston Chronicle 31 March 2010
  3. ^ http://web.mlsnet.com/news/mls_news.jsp?ymd=20090908&content_id=6856846&vkey=pr_mls&fext=.jsp
  4. ^ a b c MLS All-Star Game heads to Houston in 2010
  5. ^ Mayers, Joshua (July 27, 2010). "Kasey Keller, Fredy Montero and (perhaps surprisingly) Freddie Ljungberg named inactive all-stars by MLS". The Seattle Times. Retrieved September 4, 2010. 
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