After extra time couldn’t separate the Major League Soccer All-Stars and Everton in their friendly match, it took a save from US national goalkeeper Tim Howard to deliver a win for the English Premier League side.
The penalty shoot-out which eventually decided the match was at 4-3 in Everton’s favour when Freddy Ljungberg, captain of the All-Stars, stepped up to take his shot. Ljungberg’s kick wasn’t nearly powerful enough to beat Howard, and Everton walked away from the Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah with a victory.
Louis Saha had opened the scoring on the night with a goal in the 12th minute, followed by a replying goal from Brad Davis, who plays for the Houston Dynamo in the MLS. Howard made three saves during the penalty shoot-out.
Everton, who trailed on the shot count on the night by a total of 11-21, have now completed their pre-season tour of North America.
Howard will next play at Sandy, home of the Real Salt Lake team, in September representing the US national team against El Salvador in a World Cup qualifying game.