- Associated Press - Saturday, July 23, 2011

WASHINGTON — Victor Anichebe and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov scored first-half goals and English Premier League team Everton beat D.C. United 3-1 Saturday night.

Magaye Gueye added a goal in the 81st minute to cancel out Chris Pontius‘ strike for D.C. just after halftime.

Despite a game-time temperature of 99 degrees, the British side started quickly in the finale of its a two-match American preseason tour.

Anichebe beat Brandon McDonald to Leighton Baines’ throughball and scored in the 4th minute. Bilyaletdinov doubled the lead after reaching Ross Barkley’s diagonal pass.


Dwayne De Rosario’s long ball found Pontius alone on goal in the 47th minute. But Gueye slotted in Jermaine Beckford’s cross to send United to its second defeat in an international friendly this season.

Coach David Moyes continued to rest Everton and United States goalkeeper Tim Howard Saturday after Howard spent June helping the U.S. team reach the CONCACAF Gold Cup final.

Howard is still expected to be Everton’s starter by August 13, when it opens its season at Tottenham Hotspur.