This day in history of Ronaldo
PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) - Manchester United closed its unbeaten American tour Sunday night with a 3-1 triumph over Barcelona as Diego Forlan scored twice before another sellout crowd of 68,396.
It was the second straight sellout and third on the tour for the Red Devils. Tickets were available only for the game in Los Angeles.
Goalkeeper Tim Howard, a New Jersey native, got his second start and appeared more confident than he did against Juventus on Thursday. He was called upon to make a fine save on Patrick Kluivert in the eighth minute when the striker pulled down a pass from the back from Javier Saviola and forced Howard to make a fingertip stop.
Howard made the play of the game in the 58th minute, coming up with a diving save on Xavi's 25-yard free kick.
Kluivert would not be denied, however, finding the net in the 10th minute. Ronaldinho crossed a ball from the top right corner of the penalty box after defender Quinton Fortune allowed him too much space. It fell neatly to the Dutch National team star, who hit a smart header to the far goalpost.
Forlan almost leveled things immediately when he drove and forced the shaky Victor Valdes off his line. But an attempt to loop the ball over the 'keeper flew too far and ended up over the crossbar.
Forlan made up for his gaffe in the 25th minute, when Ryan Giggs sent a cross in from the left flank that Forlan sped to control. One fine header later, Valdes was sprawling and the ball was in the lower left corner of the net.
The go-ahead goal came in the 37th minute when Nicky Butt played a ball through the center of the area that defender Philip Cocu unfortunately deflected right to Forlan. Valdes had no chance.
Valdes' performance earned him the hook at halftime unusual even in a friendly. Albert Torrvera proved a better choice, although he could not stop Ruud van Nistelrooy in the 85th minute as the hulking striker danced past him for an easy goal.
Van Nistelrooy became the only Manchester United player to score in every game on the tour.
This was the first event of Lincoln Financial Field.Philadelphia Eagles executives were overjoyed by the sellout and talked about the possibility of securing an MLS franchise.
By Jamie Trecker