SEATTLE – Manchester United mashed Sounders FC, 7-0, Wednesday before a Northwest-record soccer crowd of 67,052 at CenturyLink Field.
However, the Red Devils led just 1-0 through the first half, when most of the starters – including Seattle goalkeeper Kasey Keller – were on the pitch.
Keller may get another shot at Man U next week, after Major League Soccer announced that the Olympia native will attend the All-Star Game after all.
Keller, the Sounders and MLS have worked out a plan for Keller to play for the Sounders in their CONCACAF Champions League match in Panama on Tuesday and then make it to New York in time for the game the next day, when the MLS All-Stars face Man U.
Fans had voted Keller onto the All-Star First XI, but the league had ruled that players from Seattle, Dallas and Toronto would not participate because of their Champions League commitments.
Due to his travel, Keller seems likely to play only in case of an injury or red card, a league spokesman said.
On Wednesday in Seattle, Manchester United’s lone goal on Keller came in the 15th minute.
Ashley Young sent a pass into the area to Patrice Evra. Sounders defender James Riley closed quickly, shoving Evra off the pitch, but not before Evra lifted a cross to Michael Owen, who was unmarked at the far post and headed it home for the only score of the first half.
In the second half, both clubs revamped their lineups with reserves, including Terry Boss in goal for Seattle.
One of those subs was Wayne Rooney, and he went to work, scoring three of the five goals that the legendary English Premier League team unleashed over the first 18 minutes of the second half. Gabriel Obertan added the final score in the 89th minute.
Another substitution of note was Seattle’s O’Brian White, who saw his first action since April 22 after being diagnosed with a blood clot in his leg.