Landon Donovan and MLS’s Best vs. Manchester United of the Barclays Premier League
Mexican National Team Striker Javier Hernández to Make Manchester United Debut
ESPN2 and ESPN3.com will present live coverage of the 2010 MLS All-Star Game Wednesday, July 28, beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET from Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. The special presentation of MLS Game of the Week series will feature the MLS All-Stars versus Manchester United, a team that has won or finished second in the past five Barclays Premier League seasons and one of the legendary clubs in professional soccer.
The match, to be aired in high definition, is expected to be the Manchester United debut of Mexican national team striker Javier “Chícharito” Hernández, the first Mexican to sign with United. A highly sought-after transfer for Man U, Hernández scored two goals for Mexico in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Manchester United’s roster for the game is also expected to include: Former Welsh national team captain Ryan Giggs, former England national team player Paul Scholes, Portugal’s Nani, former Netherlands goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar, and more.
Fresh off leading the U.S. Men’s National Team to its historic 2010 FIFA World Cup performance, Los Angeles Galaxy’s Landon Donovan, the league leader in assists, will lead a roster of 18 top-tier MLS players against Manchester United, which won the Premiership for three straight seasons (2006-’09). Other MLS All-Stars include the league’s leading goal scorer, Los Angeles Galaxy’s Edson Buddle; New York Red Bulls’ Juan Pablo Angel, Columbus Crew’s Guillermo Barros Schelotto and more.
JP Dellacamera and John Harkes, ESPN and ABC’s lead soccer commentator team for the U.S. National Team and MLS, will call the action, with sideline reporter Allen Hopkins. Rob Stone, Alexi Lalas and Julie Foudy will host the studio coverage including pre-game, halftime and post-game segments live from Reliant Stadium. Coverage will also include live, in-game interviews with select coaches and/or players.
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