Once again, Manchester United used a second-half surge to overwhelm a Major League Soccer opponent.
Trailing by a goal to the Chicago Fire at halftime, United got goals from Wayne Rooney, Rafael da Silva and Nani, rallying for a 3-1 victory in an exhibition match at Soldier Field on Saturday.
Playing in sweltering heat and humidity, United manager Alex Ferguson liked the way his team responded when they went down by a goal.
“It requires good patience, and we showed the patience,” Ferguson said. “We don’t panic being down, we just play our game.”
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A crowd of 61,308 saw the preseason debut for new United goalkeeper David de Gea, who allowed an early goal on a header by Chicago’s Cory Gibbs in the 13th minute. But De Gea recovered to make some nice saves in his first action with his new team.
It briefly appeared as though the Fire would save some face for the MLS after United trounced its first two opponents on its U.S. tour.
United beat the New England Revolution, 4-1, and the Seattle Sounders, 7-0.
At Columbus 1, Portland 0: Eddie Gaven scored in the 79th minute to lift the Crew over the Timbers. Columbus (8-6-7) moved into a tie with Philadelphia for first place in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of third-place New York. Portland (6-10-3) remained eighth in the West.
Dallas 2, at New York 2: Thierry Henry scored his league-leading 11th goal in the 85th minute to lift the Red Bulls to a draw with FC Dallas.
At Kansas City 4, Toronto 2: Kei Kamara and Omar Bravo scored two goals each as Sporting Kansas City beat Toronto FC to extend its unbeaten streak to 12 matches.
At Colorado 2, New England 2: Shalrie Joseph scored on a penalty kick in the 90th minute as the Revolution salvaged a draw with the Rapids.
At Chivas USA 3, Houston 0: Justin Braun scored three goals as Chivas USA extended its unbeaten streak to five matches
At Salt Lake 4, San Jose 0: Alvaro Saborio had two goals as Real Salt Lake got all of its scoring in the second half.
Real Madrid 2, at Philadelphia 1: Jose Maria Callejon and Mesut Ozil both scored early in the first half, and Real Madrid held on for close win over the Union.
Everton 3, at D.C. United 1: Victor Anichebe and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov scored first-half goals for Everton.