On a night many Mexican-American fans had looked forward to all summer, their beloved ‘Little Pea’ made them proud as he netted his first goal for the world’s biggest soccer club. Javier Hernandez or Chicharito (Little Pea) as they call him, joined Manchester United prior to the World Cup in South Africa.
Chicharito came on midway through the second half to a thunderous ovation from the crowd of 70,728 at Houston’s Reliant Stadium. The lively crowd, which was the second largest ever for an MLS All-Star game, was treated to a very competitive and entertaining match.
Unfortunately for MLS fans, the match got off to the worst of starts as a defensive gaffe allowed Man United’s super teen Frederico Macheda to slot home the game’s first goal inside of a minute. The MLS All-Stars compounded their problems just 11 minutes later as once again Macheda found the back of the net, this time latching onto a Nani corner kick.
Following the restart there was some hope for the home side as hometown hero Brian Ching scored a header in the 63rd minute to cut the deficit in half. The confidence boost was short lived as United youngster Danny Gibson converted a fantastic free kick six minutes later, only to be out done by his teammate Tom Cleverly who quickly scored a masterful goal flicking the ball over the defender to himself and beating the MLS All-Star’s keeper to make the score 4-1.
After making his way on to the pitch and immediately making an impact, Chicharito gave the fans what they came to see as he calmly lobbed Real Salt Lake keeper Rimando following a pin point pass from Red Devil’s veteran Paul Scholes. Smiles were seen across the faces of the United coaching staff as they must have been patting themselves on the back for buying the young Mexican striker when his price was still low prior to starring at the World Cup finals in South Africa.
Manchester United will finish up their North American tour by facing Chivas Guadalajara on Friday in the opening of Chivas’ brand new stadium. The friendly match between the two clubs was agreed upon as part of the deal for Man United to sign Chicharito. The Red Devils return to England following the match and begin the Premier League season August 16th against Newcastle.