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Originally published Thursday, July 30, 2009 at 12:00 AM

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Notebook | Sounders FC's Fredy Montero wanted a kick in All-Star ending

Fredy Montero hoped he'd get a chance to try a penalty kick for the MLS All-Stars, but the Sounders FC forward's number was never called and the shootout ended 4-3.

Seattle Times staff reporter

SANDY, Utah — Fredy Montero hoped he'd get a chance to try a penalty kick for the MLS All-Stars, but the Sounders FC forward's number was never called after the shootout ended 4-3 for Everton of England in Wednesday night's MLS All-Star Game at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Montero left the game after playing a half, and said after the game he'd felt pain in one of his legs. But that didn't stop him from wanting to shoot.

"I was thinking about it," he said. "But I'm happy because in truth, it was a beautiful thing for me and a good experience. I practiced penalties here. I did in Seattle, too. I didn't get the chance, but surely when it looked that way [in the shootout], I was hoping."

Hurtado relishes All-Star chance

Sounders FC defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado came on as a second-half substitute and got his head on a kick near the goal area but missed his one chance near the Everton goal. But he was thrilled to be on the field.

"Personally, I'm happy because I was here with so many great players in the U.S.," Hurtado said. "I enjoyed it all. I was surprised because I couldn't get a really good hit on it [the header]."

Hurtado was rooting for his Seattle goalkeeper, Kasey Keller, in the penalty-kick shootout.

"It was some bad luck, but we had lots of chances to win before that and we couldn't convert them," he said.

Notes

• The Major League Soccer All-Stars didn't get off to a great start at the All-Star Game Wednesday night before a packed house of 20,124.

The crowd, the largest to ever watch a soccer match at the stadium that is home to Real Salt Lake of MLS, watched the MLS team slog through the opening minutes and Everton dominate play and take a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute thanks to a gift goal.

"It took us a little while to get going," MLS coach Dominic Kinnear said. "First 10 or 15 minutes we looked tentative, a bit nervous."

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But the anxiety was gone after Brad Davis tied the score at 1 in the 26th minute, and the MLS team was the more attacking unit for the rest of the night.

One shot, from Landon Donovan of the Los Angeles Galaxy, hit the post in the 75th minute.

• Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard was voted the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player after making six saves and saving the game for his team in the late going. Howard also came up big in the penalty shootout when he stopped shots by Davis of the Houston Dynamo, Davy Arnaud of the Kansas City Wizards and Freddie Ljungberg of Sounders FC, the last one being the game's clincher.

• MLS got goals in the PK shootout from Donovan, Will Johnson of Real Salt Lake and Conor Casey of the Colorado Rapids.

José Miguel Romero: 206-464-2409 or jromero@seattletimes.com

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