Howard the hero for Everton
Tim Howard was Everton's penalty shoot-out hero after their friendly against MLS All-Stars ended 1-1.
Last Updated: 30/07/09 7:36am
Tim Howard was Everton's penalty shoot-out hero after their pre-season friendly against the MLS All-Stars ended 1-1.
The Toffees triumphed 4-3 as the spot-kick contest went to sudden death, with Howard saving from Brad Davis, Davy Arnaud and former Arsenal and West Ham midfielder Freddie Ljungberg.
Although Jo and James Vaughan missed penalties for David Moyes' men, Leighton Baines, Phil Neville, Joleon Lescott and Jack Rodwell converted theirs.
Lescott continues to be tracked by Manchester City, with the big-spending Eastlands outfit seeing a second bid rejected by Everton.
Everton were gifted the opener in the 12th minute when US international Stuart Holden collected a throw-in from near the All-Stars' byline and sent a casual pass across the edge of the penalty area straight at Louis Saha who coolly slotted past Kasey Keller.
The MLS team were soon on the scoresheet, however, as Mexican playmaker Cuauhtemoc Blanco sent in a high ball from halfway which Lescott failed to head clear near the penalty spot.
The ball went to the left edge of the area where Baines was bounced off the ball by Conor Casey, who passed inside with the outside of his foot behind the Everton defence.
Holden touched it on towards the back post where Davis tapped in for a 26th-minute equaliser.