SAN JOSE, Calif. – San Jose Earthquake forward Landon Donovan put on a show for his hometown fans.
The MLS Western All-Stars drew level with the MLS Eastern All-Stars, 6-6, in front of 23,512 fans at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif.
Donovan, who was named the game’s MVP, tallied a hat trick for the West in just the first 19 minutes. The West extended their first-half lead to four goals when Ariel Graziani found the back of the net in the 26th minute.
However, the East were far from giving up.
Miami’s Alex Pineda Chacón scored in the 28th minute, and Brian McBride netted two of his own in the 34th and 39th minutes to bring the East’s deficit to one at halftime.
Tampa Bay Mutiny forward Mamadou Diallo equalized for the East in the 53rd minute, but a 69th minute strike from Deva Kovalenko reclaimed the lead for the West , 5-4.
Two late goals from Jim Rooney (84’) and Cate (87’) looked certain to give the East a 6-5 win, but Donovan was not done for the West.
In the 92nd minute, Donovan added his name to the score sheet for the fourth time and salvaged a draw for the Western All-Stars. It was the first time in the league’s six year history that the All-Star game ended in a tie.
WST—Donovan (Cannon, Balboa) 3
WST—Donovan (Graziani, Cienfuegos) 7
WST—Donovan (Lagos, Balboa) 18
WST—Graziani (Cerritos, Agoos) 26
EST—Pineda Chacon (McBride, Etcheverry) 28
EST—McBride (Preki, Quaranta) 34
EST—McBride (Perez, Quaranta) 39
EST—Diallo (Mastroeni) 53
WST—Kovalenko (Jones, Spencer) 69
EST—Rooney (unassisted) 84
EST—Cate (Bishop, Etcheverry) 87
WST—Donovan (McKeon, Brown) 92+
WEST: Joe Cannon (Zach Thornton 46), Jeff Agoos (Diego Gutierrez 46), Marcelo Balboa (C.J. Brown 46), Troy Dayak, DaMarcus Beasley (Jesse Marsch 46), Mauricio Cienfuegos (Dema Kovalenko 46), Manny Lagos (Donovan reenters 69), Chad Deering (Matt McKeon 46), Landon Donovan (John Spencer 46), Ronald Cerritos (Luis Hernandez 46), Ariel Graziani (Cobi Jones 46)
EAST: Nick Rimando (Tim Howard 46), Carlos Llamosa (Mike Clark 46), Mike Petke (Steve Jolley 46), Pablo Mastroeni, Marco Etcheverry (Cate 56), John Wilmar Perez (Jim Rooney 45), Preki (Etcheverry reenters 74), Ian Bishop, Santino Quaranta, Brian McBride (Diego Serna 46), Alex Pineda Chacon
Referees: Noel Kenney; Scott Weyland, Roger Itaya