MLS All-Star Game: Player Ratings


Donovan Ricketts — Not at fault for either goal and had little to do otherwise. Got too cute with backpass, but wasn’t punished. (5.5)

Kevin Alston — Struggled repeatedly in first half and poor turnover gifted the game’s opening goal. Never really got feet underneath him. (4.5)

Jamison Olave — Intervened when necessary and made some good long passes out of the back. Good header early to clear dangerous chance. (6)

Chad Marshall — Very dangerous on set pieces. Misplayed ball late in first half, but was bailed out by offside call. (6)

Heath Pearce — Good outlet on left. However, two bad turnovers resulted in quality United attacks. (5)

Shalrie Joseph — Calming influence in the middle and provided good outlet for defense. Not as strong in second half though. (5.5)

Javier Morales — Solid performance all around including good delivery on set pieces. (6.5)

Sebastien Le Toux —Very active throughout half, but appeared to lose his man on second goal. (6)

Marco Pappa — Had a couple of chances early to send in dangerous balls, but failed. Slowly came into the game as half progressed. (5.5)

Guillermo Barros Schelotto — Combined well with Morales and Joseph to relieve early pressure, but couldn’t unlock United early. (6)

Juan Pablo Angel — Great free kick in 15th minute forcing a good save and narrowly missed on chance from Pearce cross. Held ball up well. (6.5)


Brian Ching — Opened scoring for MLS All-Stars and assisted DeRosario late. However, turnover resulted in foul that led to third goal. (6)

Jeff Larentowicz — Didn’t really seem to exert influence in second half. (5.5)

David Ferreira — Great delivery on first MLS goal and made dangerous run that almost drew penalty. (6)

Omar Gonzalez — Narrowly scored on mis-hit cross, but beaten on fourth goal. (5.5)

Bobby Convey — Contributed early with some dangerous runs, but seemed to fade late. (5.5)

Nick Rimando — Two good second half saves, but yielded three goals. Quality of goals made it hard to blame him though. (5.5)

Jaime Moreno — Seemed to do little after entering. (5)

Wilman Conde — Left out to dry on foul leading to third goal, but could have done more on fourth goal. (5)

Landon Donovan — Too little, too late to make an impact for the US star who played just last night in Champions League. (6)

Brad Davis — Not a lot of time to exert influence, but had a trademark long-range left-footed effort ricochet off the post. (5.5)

Dwayne DeRosario — The ex-Dynamo star's energy was apparent, and his goal was deservedly appreciated by the Houston fans. (6)


Edwin van der Sar — The flying Dutchman could do nothing on the two goals and wasn’t asked to do much else. Two good saves in the first half and one on David Ferreira in the second. (6)

Fabio — Diminutive Brazilian fullback was never out of position, though he didn’t attack the much down the left flank. (6)

Jonny Evans — Big and composed on the ball for most of the game, he lost Ching on MLS’ first goal. A cynical foul on Alston showed a frustrated streak. (6.5)

Wes Brown — The veteran defender organized the backline in the first half so well that the MLS attackers couldn’t find even a sliver of space to work in. (7)

Rafael — Fabio’s brother was caught out a few times by an overlapping Pearce, and he blew a good chance to score in the second half, opting to shoot when he should’ve crossed. (5.5)

Nani — Just recovered from an injury, the Portuguese winger was tentative and lacked his usual penchant for explosion. Suffered a few hard tackles but soldiered on. (5.5)

John O’Shea — The underappreciated Irishman did his job: filled the middle space and linked the back with the attack. (6.5)

Darren Fletcher — Inching into the gap between the forwards and the midfielders, he failed to show that knack for arriving in the box late. His constant movement made an impact. (6.5)

Gabriel Obertan — Subbed off with an injury in the 26th minute, the right winger was energetic but ultimately ineffective. (5.5)

Ryan Giggs — The legend was relatively quiet, shifting around on the field from withdrawn forward to central midfielder. But his class was always there. (6)

Federico Macheda — The young Italian striker pounced on an early mistake for the first-minute opener and headed in his second with aplomb. (8)


Tom Cleverley (26’) — The youngster came on for the injured Obertan and did little to distinguish himself until the 73rd minute, when he pulled off a classic sombrero to score the eventual matchwinner. (6)

Darron Gibson (52’) — A gorgeous freekick goal from the playmaker showed why Sir Alex is so high on his talent. (6)

Chicharito (63’) — His arrival in the 63rd minute brought the biggest cheer of the night…until he scored on a well-taken volley chip late in the game. (6.5)

Danny Welbeck (63’) — The young striker struggled to get into the match from the moment he came on for Macheda. (5)

Paul Scholes (72’) — Rushed on when Fabio came up limping, he displayed his usual pitbull personality. (6)