MLS All-Star Game

News, commentary, tickets, pre and post match reaction alongside opinion about the Major League Soccer (MLS) all-star game

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Atletico Madrid To Take On MLS All-Stars

Atlético Madrid will be the opponent for the best-of-MLS team at this year’s MLS All-Star Game in Orlando.

The Spanish club, coached by Diego Simeone, features several big names including Antoine Griezmann, Jan Oblak, Diego Costa, Álvaro Morata, Thomas Lemar, Koke and Saúl Ñíguez. Atletico Madrid continues the trend of a major European club coming to the USA to take on MLS’s top talent, something that has happened for the last 14 years.

Recent MLS All-Star opponents have included Juventus, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, with MLS falling to Juventus and Real in penalties in each of the last two seasons.

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Juventus Beat MLS All-Stars On Penalties

Josef Martinez thrilled another record crowd in Atlanta by scoring in the MLS All-Star Game, but Italian champions Juventus prevailed on penalties after a 1-1 draw on Wednesday night.

Juventus scored all five of their spot kicks in front of a 72,317-strong crowd, winning when Mattia De Sciglio drilled one into the upper-left corner past Columbus goalkeeper Zack Steffen.

New York Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips, who recently scored his 100th goal in the States, was the villain as his shot cannoned back off the post.

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MLS All-Star Team Named

Major League Soccer named its all-star team for the game against West Ham on July 24 in Toronto. The MLS team is headlined by its two biggest stars David Beckham and Cuauhtemoc Blanco, will play together for the first time.
England star Beckham, of the Los Angeles Galaxy, and Mexican soccer legend Blanco, of the Chicago Fire, have a combined 197 international caps and five World Cup appearances.

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The MLS leading New England Revolution claimed three of the 11 early roster spots for the game—defender Michael Parkhurst, midfielder Shalrie Joseph and goalkeeper Matt Reis.

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2008 MLS Season Preview: All-Star Prediction Edition

Based on my own feeble-minded thoughts and opinions, here are my predictions for the MLS 2008 All-Star Team:

Assuming the team went with a 4-4-2…

Starting 11

Goalkeeper:

  1. Brad Guzan (CHV)

Forward:

  1. Luciano Emilio (DCU)
  2. Jozy Altidore (NYRB)

Midfield:

  1. Guillermo Barros Schelotto (COL)
  2. Dwayne De Rosario (HOU)
  3. Juan Toja (FCD)
  4. David Beckham (LAG)

Defense:

  1. Michael Parkhurst (NER)
  2. Jimmy Conrad (KCW)
  3. Wade Barrett (HOU)
  4. Jonathan Bornstein (CHV)

Honorable Mentions:

Forward:

  1. Juan Pablo Angel (NYRB)
  2. Cuauhtemoc Blanco (CHI)
  3. Taylor Twellman (NER)