Hardly an empty seat here at Rio Tinto as the MLS boys take their pregame photo. Jersey sponsor for MLS: AT&T. For Everton: Chang
They’re saying it’s a sellout. I believe it.
Huge cheers from partisan crowd for Kyle Beckerman, who was just introduced.
7:51 MST game on.
Montero on the far right. Ljungberg in center mid.
MLS in blue with dark blue shorts, Everton in all white. First good shot by Everton’s Saha is wide of Keller. Keller in grey with black shorts, Howard in all green.
9 of 11 MLS starters are making first All-Star appearance.
8 – Keller catches a line drive shot by Cahill for a save.
12– Don’t know whom Holden was passing to, but the gaffe results in a steal by Saha for EVT, and all he has to do is kick it in with no defenders in front of Keller. 1-0 Everton.
21 – Too much passing by MLS in front of EVT goal and Beckerman shoots a grounder that isn’t close.
26 — Holden makes up for it, sort of, as he takes the cross from Casey, gets a touch on it to his left as he stumbles in front of the goal and Davis is there to collect and score. 1-1.
30 — Blanco tries to chip it over Howard’s head for a goal, too high.
31 — With Montero tying his shoe Ljungberg just kicks it out of bounds.
33 — Looks like Montero rolled an ankle. He’s on the sideline getting looked at (left ankle). Now tying his shoe and ready to come back in.
34 — Blanco gets a free kick and makes a long run up for it. Oh the drama. Easy save for Howard.
Family atmosphere here, uh, not. Goal kicks draw a one-word followed by three-word chant in Spanish that I won’t repeat.
38 — Holden cross to Casey with the header saved….so close.
42 — Montero tries a long on from just inside the box, man wicked spin on it and Howard has to dive to stop it.
45 — Near own goal by EVT as Lescott almost heads it past Howard.
Keller out, Thornton in for MLS
Montero out, Landon Donovan in.
49 — Ljungbeg collects the loose ball created in front by Blanco and his shot is unopposed but wide left. Hands on head.
58 — fans doing the wave.
59 – Free kick shot by Davis too high.
Hurtado warming up near the bench. Montero just grabbed him and slapped him on the back. Maybe that means JKH is going in soon.
60 — Thornton on one knee and being looked at by trainer. I think the trainer just called for a sub and Keller is stretching out. He’s coming back in.
Thornton out 63 — favoring right leg. Keller in.
63 — Hurtado in for Conde. Ljungberg looked like he got kicked in the gut and he’s up now.
75 — Landon Donovan might have cost his team the game. Casey to Ljungberg, perfect cross to Donovan whose shot hits the post. He and Ljungberg and the crowd of 20,120 can’t believe it.
79 – Ljungberg fouled hard by Rodwell and its a yellow for the EVT player.
New attendance, 20,124.
90 — Arnaud almost scores the winner but saved, Howard gets his hand up to deflect ball.
Howard with 3 saves, Keller one as Everton wins in PKs 2-1 (4-3).