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Manchester United to Take on 2010 MLS All-Stars in Houston


Manchester United team will face MLS All Stars on July 28 in Houston. PHOTO by Javier Garcia / isiphotos.com

Manchester United team will face MLS All Stars on July 28 in Houston. PHOTO by Javier Garcia / isiphotos.com

2011 Manchester United U.S. Tour, the complete schedule:

July 13* vs. New England Revolution, Gillette Stadium, Boston – BUY TICKETS

July 20  vs. Seattle Sounders, Qwest Field, Seattle – BUY TICKETS

July 23* vs. Chicago Fire, Soldier Field, Chicago – BUY TICKTETS

July 27  vs. MLS All-Stars, Red Bull Arena, New Jersey – BUY TICKTETS  

July 30* vs. FC Barcelona, FedExField, Washington DC – BUY TICKETS

VOTE for MLS All-Star team

PosTeamGPPtsWDLGoalsHOMEAWAYLAST 5O / U LAST 5
1D.C. United3459178952-3711-4-26-4-7DWWDW17-17UOOUU
2NE Revolution34551741351-4611-2-46-2-9WWDWW20-14UOOOO
3Columbus CREW345214101052-429-4-44-6-6WWWLW18-16OOOOU
4NY Red Bulls345013111055-5010-4-33-7-7WLWWL19-15UOOUO
5Sporting Kansas City34491471348-416-6-58-1-8LLWDL18-16UOUUO
6Philadelphia Union344210121251-516-8-34-4-9LWLDL20-14OOOUU
7Toronto FC34411181544-547-3-74-5-8LDLLL21-13UUOUO
8Houston Dynamo34391161739-588-4-53-2-12LLLWL20-14OOOUU
9Chicago Fire34366181041-514-11-22-7-8WLLDD13-21OOUUU
10Montreal Impact34286101838-586-5-60-5-12DDDDL17-17UUOUU
 

 

English Premier League leader Manchester United will return as the AT&T MLS All-Star Game opponent. The marquee match will be played on Wednesday, July 27 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ and broadcast live on ESPN2, Galavision and TSN (in Canada) starting at 8:30 p.m. ET. The 16th All-Star Game in League history will be a rematch of Manchester United’s victory in the 2010 event, when a sellout crowd of more than 70,000 fans at Houston’s Reliant Stadium witnessed the first regulation loss by an MLS All-Star team VOTE against an international opponent. This summer’s matchup will be the eighth time the MLS All-Star team will take on an international opponent, having a 5-1-1 record in this format.

Barclay’s English Premier League leader Manchester United will return as the AT&T MLS All-StarGame opponent on July 27 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2, Galavision, TSN).

The blockbuster tour eagerly anticipated by soccer fans across North America becomes a reality this summer.  Major League Soccer announced today that 2009 English Premier League champion Manchester United will face the MLS All-Stars in the 2010 AT&T MLS All-Star Game at Reliant Stadium, in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday, July 28 (live on ESPN2 and TeleFutura at 8:30 p.m. ET).   The AT&T MLS All-Star Game will culminate the four-market North American tour for the European giants that also matches them against Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union and Kansas City Wizards, along with Scottish power Celtic F.C.

Manchester United’s North American tour is being presented by Major League Soccer and Creative Artists Agency (CAA). The tour will mark the first time United have played games in this region of the world since 2004.

“Manchester United are among the most recognized and successful clubs in the world, and we are pleased to have them compete against our All-Stars and two MLS clubs this summer,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said. “We are proud to once again present our supporters with one of the most compelling All-Star Game formats in sports and we believe Manchester United’s North American tour will be a tremendous celebration of the sport following the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.” 

The world’s most valuable football brand the last four years according to Forbes magazine, Manchester United’s visit to Houston will be will be the seventh time the MLS All-Star team will take on an international opponent. The MLS All-Star team is 5-0-1 in previous All-Star Games.

Prior to the AT&T MLS All-Star Game, Manchester United will play three international matches in North America — including two against MLS clubs in mid-July.  In its inaugural year, Philadelphia Union will host Manchester United Wednesday, July 21 at Lincoln Financial Field. The Kansas City Wizards will host Manchester United Sunday, July 25 at Arrowhead Stadium. The full tour schedule is listed below.

MANCHESTER UNITED 2010 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR SCHEDULE

July 16   Manchester United vs. Celtic F.C.                                 8:00 pm ET       Rogers Centre, Toronto

July 21   Manchester United vs. Philadelphia Union                     TBD                  Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia

July 25   Manchester United vs. Kansas City Wizards                  6:00 pm ET       Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City

July 28   2010 AT&T MLS All-Star Game vs. Manchester United   8:30 pm ET       Reliant Stadium, Houston 

Founded in 1878, Manchester United won their third consecutive Barclays Premier League Championship in 2009, their 18th overall league title. Manchester United was the first English club to win the European Cup in 1968 and has since won the European Champions League two additional times. The Red Devils were also crowned the FIFA Club World Cup Champions in 2008.

Managed by Sir Alex Ferguson since 1986, Manchester United boasts a lineup full of international stars such as Dimitar Berbatov (Bulgaria), Nani (Portugal), Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands), Antonio Valencia (Ecuador) and legendary midfielder Ryan Giggs (Wales). This April, Manchester United announced the signing of Mexican star Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez.  United are committed to fielding all of their players for the North American tour who are not obligated to World Cup duties.

“It’s great to be going back to North America,” said Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson.  “I enjoyed the last two tours there in 2003 and 2004 immensely. The quality of the facilities is outstanding and there is real enthusiasm in the crowds. It’s especially pleasing to be going in a World Cup year, when interest in football will be at its height.”

The two-time MLS Cup champion Houston Dynamo will host the 2010 AT&T MLS All-Star Game at Reliant Stadium, home of the National Football League’s Houston Texans. Reliant Stadium has hosted two sold-out United States-Mexico exhibitions and matches in two editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The Dynamo won back-to-back championships in 2006 and 2007 and have ranked in the top five in Major League Soccer in attendance since their inaugural season in 2006

“We are thrilled to bring such a quality opponent to face the MLS All-Stars in this showcase event,” Dynamo President/General Manager Oliver Luck said. “In this World Cup year, we will be bringing some of the best soccer in the world to Houston so that our great fans can participate and show their passion on a global level.”

”As the title sponsor of the 2010 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, AT&T is excited to be integrated into this game and beyond,” said Jason Simpson, executive director, AT&T Corporate Sponsorships. “AT&T’s goal is to connect fans to one of the most well-loved sports of all time, whether it is through unique voting programs that ask fans to help determine the MLS All-Star team or  watching live at Reliant Stadium, home or on-the-go.”

This is the first time an All-Star Game will be held in Texas. Eleven different markets have hosted the MLS All-Star Game, but only three have hosted it twice – Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., and Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

The MLS All-Stars have won five of their previous six meetings with international clubs, outscoring their opponents 14-5. Last year, the MLS All-Stars tied Everton F.C. 1-1 in regulation, but lost on penalty kicks 4-3. Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis scored for MLS, while French forward Louis Saha netted Everton’s goal. Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, who spent the first six years of his pro career in MLS, was named Most Valuable Player of that game.

In 2008, the MLS All-Stars defeated English Premier League side West Ham United, 3-2, on goals from Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Christian Gómez and Dwayne De Rosario. In 2007, the MLS All-Stars defeated Scottish League powers Celtic FC 2-0 behind goals from New York Red Bulls striker Juan Pablo Ángel and former FC Dallas midfielder Juan Toja.

In 2006, the MLS All-Stars defeated former English Premier League Champions Chelsea FC, 1-0, on a goal by De Rosario. The 2005 event saw the MLS All-Stars defeat English Premier League club Fulham FC, 4-1, at Columbus Crew Stadium and in 2003, the MLS All-Stars downed storied Mexican club CD Guadalajara, 3-1, at The Home Depot Center with Carlos Ruiz capturing Most Valuable Player honors.

Previous All-Star Games offered fans a variety of formats. On six occasions, All-Star squads from the Eastern Conference and Western Conference have squared off. In 1998, the best players in the League faced each other in a USA vs. World format, while in 2002, the MLS All-Stars defeated the U.S. National Team 3-2 at RFK Stadium in a celebration of the national team’s historic World Cup Quarterfinal finish.

Special Dynamo five-game Mini Plans featuring lower bowl seating for the All-Star Game are expected to go on sale Monday, May 10. Packages start as low as $130 and are available through the Houston Dynamo at (713) 276-7500.  Fans are encouraged to purchase their mini-plans on Monday, May 10 as the Dynamo expects lower bowl seating to sell out very quickly.  Major League Soccer and the Houston Dynamo invite fans to use their Visa cards.
For more information on ticket packages for the July 16, July 21 and 25 matches, fans are encouraged to contact the Rogers Centre, Philadelphia Union and the Kansas City Wizards, respectively. For more information on the 2010 Manchester United North American tour, please visit www.MLSsoccer.com.

ABOUT MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer is the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and Canada. MLS features many stars from the U.S., Canada, and around the world. MLS kicked off its 15th season on March 25, and features 16 teams each playing 30 regular season matches. They include Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Chivas USA, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, Kansas City Wizards, Los Angeles Galaxy, New York Red Bulls, New England Revolution, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Toronto FC and, in their inaugural season, Philadelphia Union. In 2011, clubs in Vancouver and Portland will debut. For more information about MLS, log on to the League’s official web site at www.MLSsoccer.com.

ABOUT RELIANT STADIUM

Reliant Stadium is a multiple-use stadium in Houston, Texas. The stadium is the home of the National Football League’s Houston Texans, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Texas Bowl, host to many international soccer matches for the USA National Soccer Team and other events. The stadium served as the host facility for Super Bowl XXXVIII on February 1, 2004 and WrestleMania XXV on April 5, 2009.

Reliant Stadium is part of a collection of venues (including the Reliant Astrodome), which are collectively called Reliant Park. Reliant Stadium has a seating capacity of 71,500, a total square footage of 1,900,000 square feet (177,000 m2) with 97,000 sq ft (9,000 m2) of natural grass playing surface. Reliant Stadium is the first facility in the NFL to have a retractable roof. Reliant Stadium is located within the Inner Loop of the southern portion of Interstate Loop 610 between Kirby Street and Fannin Street.

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