Ashton double in Toronto loss

TWO goals from Dean Ashton were the real bonus from the Hammers first defeat of their pre-season in Toronto last week, when they were beaten 3-2 by a multi-national MLS All Stars team that included David Beckham. A packed BMO Field, Toronto, with a crowd

TWO goals from Dean Ashton were the real bonus from the Hammers' first defeat of their pre-season in Toronto last week, when they were beaten 3-2 by a multi-national MLS All Stars team that included David Beckham.

A packed BMO Field, Toronto, with a crowd of 20,000 plus inside, saw Ashton fire the Hammers in front midway through the first-half, but a sublime back-heel from Cuauhtemoc Blanco set up a sharp equaliser from Christian Blanco.

Blanco, the MSL's veteran Mexican midfielder, went on to become the evening's MVP.

He earned the accolade after a stunning, wonder goal just before half-time when he tricked his way through before crashing the MSL team in front, but 22 minutes into the second-half, Ashton netted an equaliser, although his deflected long ranger had a shade of good fortune about it. The MSL select team won the match from a penalty, converted by Dwayne De Rosario 15 minutes from time.


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Carlton Cole was given his first pre-season outing of the campaign and Matthew Etherington and Luis Boa Morte also got 45 minutes under their belts.

It was also a memorable evening for teenager Joe Widdowson at left-back, who marked David Beckham for part of the match, as pictured above.

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