WASHINGTON, D.C. – The MLS Eastern All-Stars defeated the Western All-Stars, 3-2, in front of 21,378 fans at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
Amado Guevara gave the East a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute when he fired a left-footed shot into the back of the net from the top of the 18-yard-box.
The Honduran international, who earned MVP honors for his performance, doubled the East’s lead just two minutes later when he converted a penalty kick past the outstretched arms of West goalkeeper Pat Onstad.
Brian Ching cut the deficit in half for the West when he headed home a cross from San Jose Earthquake teammate Richard Mulrooney in the 43rd minute.
Guevara added an assist to his scoreline in the 74th minute when he slipped a through ball to Alecko Eskandarian. The D.C. United forward pushed it by goalie Kevin Hartman and into the far corner to widen the East’s advantage.
Jason Kreis rocketed a one-timer into the net in the 89th minute to bring the score to within one, but the West would fail to equalize.
In the sixth-ever matchup of East versus West in the MLS All-Star game, the East extended their record to 4-1-1, with the only draw coming in a 6-6 fixture in 2001.
EST—Guevara (Ralph) 20
EST—Guevara (PK) 22
WST—Ching (Mulrooney, Donovan) 43
EST—Eskandarian (Guevara, Joseph) 74
WST—Kreis (Donovan) 89
WEST: Pat Onstad (Kevin Hartman 46), Chris Albright, Jeff Agoos (Gibbs reenters 73), Cory Gibbs (Kerry Zavagnin 46), Jimmy Conrad, Andreas Herzog (Chris Klein 46), Richard Mulrooney (Jason Kreis 46), Ronnie O'Brien (Mulrooney reenters 73), Brian Ching (Jovan Kirovski 46), Landon Donovan, Carlos Ruiz (Ching reenters 73)
EAST: Henry Ring (Jon Busch 46), Frankie Hejduk, Jim Curtin, Robin Fraser, Eddie Pope (Steve Ralston 46), Chris Armas (Shalrie Joseph 46), Eddie Gaven (Pat Noonan 46), Amado Guevara (Gaven reenters 81), Dema Kovalenko, Jaime Moreno (Freddy Adu 46), Damani Ralph (Alecko Eskandarian 46)
Referees: Michael Kennedy; Kermit Quisenberry, Thomas Supple; Abbey Okulaja