Davis: All-Star Game will be a treat

Broadcaster Glenn Davis believes this is a game fans will not want to miss

I recently had the
opportunity to call play-by-play for the Manchester United vs. Celtic match in Toronto, and I believe fans are in a for an exciting day on July 28 at Reliant
Stadium when the famed club takes on the MLS All-Stars. Here are a few reasons
why I think this match is a can’t-miss for soccer
fans: 

1. History and
tradition

Few sports teams can boast
of being formed in 1878 and have as illustrious and compelling a history as Manchester
United. The Red Devils have it all, from legendary players such as Sir Bobby
Charlton, George Best, Eric Cantona, and Denis Viollet, to the hardware to back it up, winning the European Cup - now called the Champions League - three times. Countless league titles and FA
Cups are also part of the haul. History also takes shape in the form of great
managers, such as Sir Matt Busby and currently Sir Alex Ferguson, who both re-built
the club in different ways. History also includes tragedy, which occurred in the
form of the so-called Busby Babes, who were lost in a tragic plane crash in
Germany that wiped out many young
talented players like Duncan Edwards. Few sports teams have kept tradition and
history alive like Manchester
United.

2. Sir Alex
Ferguson

Who can help but marvel at the
man who is not only the greatest manager in the history of British football, but maybe the
entire game from a club standpoint? Want to debate that? What is remarkable
about Ferguson
is his longevity at United, where he enters his 25th year in a job that changes
managers at the drop of a hat. Sir Alex has won 25 trophies at United, including
the famed treble - EPL, FA Cup, and Champions League - in 1999.

Remember when people said he should retire after
that? Boy did they get it wrong. Tactical acumen, an eye for talent, and a thirst
and hunger to achieve all make you marvel at the mythical manager. Something
tells me Sir Alex will retire when Sir Alex wants to retire. He is woven deeply
into the fabric of the club. United player John O’Shea was recently on the
radio with me and mentioned that Sir Alex is the one who sets the tone for the club. The All-Star Game is a rare opportunity for American fans to see him in
the flesh.

3. Star players

OK, I
know that Wayne Rooney, Patrice Evra, and Rio Ferdinand will not be in attendance,
but players such as Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Edwin van der Sar, and Dimitar
Berbatov will be here. In fact, a fired-up Berbatov had a goal and two assists
against Celtic in Toronto and seemed to be trying to make a
statement to manager Sir Alex Ferguson. No one is just going through the motions here. Giggs and Scholes are living legends. Catch them while you
can!

4. Youth is and will
be king

Manchester United has a bevy of young rising talent that will not be
held back. Keep your eye on talent for the future such as Brazilian twins Fabio and Rafael at the outside back positions, central defender Chris Smalling (acquired from Fulham), midfielders Tom Cleverely and Gabriel Obertan, and strikers Danny Welbeck,
Federico Macheda, and Mame Biram Diouf. These players are the future for United and
will bring a great energy to a game that will be open and entertaining, as they
are out to prove they deserve a more permanent regular place at the star-studded
club.

5. MLS All-Stars

Let's
not forget that Manchester United will get a real test with a mid-season MLS
squad that features Landon Donovan, who is expected to see some action after playing in the CONCACAF Champions League the night before, and Dynamo players Brian Ching and Brad
Davis. Donovan comes back from the World Cup as a star and is the only MLS player
that can boast of beating United, which he did as a member of Everton last year. Expect a highly
motivated MLS squad that will push the Red
Devils.

6. What this means
locally?

This All-Star Game will be a
historic match in Houston sports history. How often do you get
Manchester United to visit? The biggest sporting property in the world will
draw fans from all over the country and from around the
world. This will be a huge soccer celebration for all!

On another note, what a
moment it will be when fans get the opportunity to see the debut of former
Chivas and Mexican World Cup star Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who becomes the
first player from Mexico to wear a Manchester United jersey.

I hope to see everyone at the game on Wednesday, because this is a game you do not want to miss!

To purchase your tickets, click here or call the Houston Dynamo at (713) 276-7500.

Join Glenn Davis every
Monday from 7-9 p.m. on Dynamo All-Access on SportsTalk
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