RJ DEMELLO - Friday, August 2, 2013
A Kevin Strootman strike early on set the tone as Roma made easy work of the MLS All-Stars at Sporting Park Wednesday night.
The All-Stars sent out a strong lineup laden with big names such as Thierry Henry and Marco Di Vaio. Meanwhile, Roma did the same in starting new signing Strootman, Francesco Totti, and Michael Bradley.
It took only four minutes for the visitors to get on the board with Strootman getting the goal in somewhat lucky circumstances.
The Dutchman took advantage of a high defensive line and snuck in behind to receive a great pass. MLS defender Aurelien Collin recovered to slide tackle the ball away from Strootman but it deflected back off of the former PSV man and past Raul Fernandez for the opener.
The Giallorossi started the second half strong as well, doubling their lead in the 47th minute.
Roma broke down the left again exposing the MLS defense. A low ball across found a wide open Alessandro Florenzi who easily put the cross away into the bottom left corner from 12 yards out.
The Italian team's quality continued to show through when in the 68th minute the visitors tore open the MLS once again.
Bradley played a great first time pass from the top of the box through to a streaking Strootman who unselfishly squared the ball across to Junior Tallo who despite a tackle from Tony Beltran managed to score from eight yards out.
MLS was able to at least get on the board on the night through Omar Gonzalez in the 91st minute. Vancouver Whitecap forward Camilo played in a free kick from the left that Gonzalez rose over everyone to power home to the bottom right corner from the penalty spot.
Gonzalez' goal was too little too late as the referee ending the match shortly after the restart.
The loss for MLS is only the third since the league started to face foreign opposition in its All-Star game.