CARSON, Calif. – The MLS All-Stars defeated CD Guadalajara, 3-1, in front of 27,000 fans at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
A scoreless first half saw the MLS All-Stars on their heels, as Guadalajara pressed relentlessly. Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartman needed to make several key saves to keep the Mexican side off of the scoreboard.
Despite the pressure, it was MLS who struck first.
Chicago’s Ante Razov buried a pass from Landon Donovan in the 57th minute to give MLS the 1-0 lead.
Guadalajara answered with a goal of their own in the 66th minute when Jair Garcia broke away from the MLS defense and beat Kevin Hartman for the equalizer.
However, only two minutes later, Carlos Ruiz scored the eventual game-winner for the MLS All-Stars, and DaMarcus Beasley added a final tally in the 83rd minute to secure the win.
Carlos Ruiz, the Guatemalan international, earned MVP honors for his performance in what was the first All-Star game against foreign competition.
MLS All-Star Game 2003: August 2, 2003
The Home Depot Center, Carson, California
MLS All-Stars: 3 CD Guadalajara: 1
MVP: Carlos Ruiz (MLS)