AS Roma scores early, cruise to win over MLS All-Stars

AS Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic (15) and MLS All-Stars forward Graham Zusi (8) battle for the ball during the first half of the MLS All-Star soccer game Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in Kansas City, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
AS Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic (15) and MLS All-Stars forward Graham Zusi (8) battle for the ball during the first half of the MLS All-Star soccer game Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in Kansas City, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

 KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) РItalian powerhouse AS Roma scored in the opening minutes, then added two second-half goals to finish off a 3-1 rout of the best players in Major League Soccer on Wednesday night.

Kevin Strootman and Alessandro Florenzi each had a goal and an assist, and Junior Tallo also scored for Roma, the three-time Serie A champions. Omar Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Galaxy scored the only goal for the MLS side in second-half stoppage time.

The MLS was 7-2-1 against international opponents since the league adopted the current All-Star game format, the only losses coming to English Premier League club Manchester United.

Strootman scored in the fourth minute, before most of a raucous crowd had even found seats at Sporting Park.

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