All the details of the MLS All Star game: how the players are selected and which European powerhouse will take part

Audi Stadium, at the start of the All Star Game action (Jessica Rapfogel-USA TODAY Sports)

Soccer fans in the United States had a great week that kicked off with the revolutionary show of Lionel Messi in it Inter Miami This Wednesday will continue with MLS All-Star Gamewhich will bring together the best of this country before England Arsenal In what promises to be a great game.

Although all the flashes are on fire in Miami due to the recent arrivals of Messi, Busquets and Jordi Alba, this match, which is one of the most anticipated by fans of the tour, will take place at the legendary Audi Field in Washington, D.C. from 8:00 p.m. local time (21 Argentina time) and they will be able to enjoy it from the comfort of their homes with the MLS Season Pass from Camel.

This friendly, which has been played since 1996, originated as a confrontation between the best players from the West Coast and those from the East Coast. It takes place in the middle of the season and is similar to the All Star Game in the NBA (basketball), NFL (American football) and MLB (baseball). . Moreover, this is not the first time that the best MLS players have faced off against a foreign team: Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Arsenal itself, Chelsea, Chivas de Guadalajara and a team from Mexico. The league participated in this event.

The MLS All-Star Game will not pass by its greatest and will have an Argentine presence in its ranks with the reigning world champions Thiago Almada, Alvaro Barrial, Lucas Zilarayan, Luciano Acosta and Christian Espinosa. In addition, to guide these tactically gifted players, there will be none other than English football legend, Wayne Rooney, the historic striker of Manchester United and the England national team.

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On the other hand, Arsenal will be the last runner-up in the English Premier League, which will carry out the pre-season in the United States and will continue its tour in this country against Manchester United and Barcelona.

This is how MLS announced the main event on the networks

Wayne Rooney has made his mark in MLS and the All Star Game

The legendary English striker played two seasons in Major League Soccer (2018 and 2019) wearing a DC United shirt, where he currently occupies DT, scoring 23 goals in 48 matches.

Rooney twice participated in the All-Star Game, the first in 2011 wearing a Manchester United jersey and won 4-0, and the second made the MLS All-Star Team with a 3-0 defeat against Atlético Madrid.

Growing interest in the All-Star Game and in MLS

In the latest MLS All Star Game, the television network ESPN It reported audience growth of 86% over the previous year, which drew an average of 334,000 viewers and reached a peak of 420,000 in the game that pitted the MLS Stars against the Mexican League, with the United States winning 2-2. 1.

In addition to these encouraging numbers, another milestone in American football was recorded on July 4 in the confrontation between the Los Angeles Galaxy and LAFC, known as the Traffic Classic, at the Rose Bowl stadium, which recorded a record number of attendees in the entire MLS. History, with 82,110 viewers.

Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta at a press conference to announce the big event (Jessica Rapfogel-USA TODAY Sports)

How were the MLS team members selected?

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The roster of 26 MLS players was drawn up in three ways: people were able to choose by voting for seven players through the MLS website, another 12 players were chosen by Rooney and the remaining two by the MLS Commissioner.

shooters: Roman Burki (St. Louis City SC/Voting), Tyler Miller (DC United/Manager’s Choice) and Djorje Petrović (New England Revolution/Manager’s Choice).

Defenders: John Gallagher (Austin FC / Vote), Ryan Hollingshead (LAFC / Coach’s Choice), Matt Miazga (FC Cincinnati / Voted), Tim Parker (St. Louis City / Coach’s Choice), John Tolkien (New York Red Bulls / Coach’s Choice ) Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC / Voice).

Midfielders: Alvaro Barrial (FC Cincinnati/vote), Luciano Acosta (FC Cincinnati/voted), Thiago Almada (Atlanta United/vote), Mateo Choinier (Montreal/Commissioner’s Choice), Hector Herrera (Houston Dynamo/Coach’s Choice) , Jose Martinez (Philadelphia Union/Director’s Choice), Aidan Morris (Columbus Crew/Voice), Hani Mokhtar (Nashville/Voice), Riqui Puig (LA Galaxy/Director’s Choice) and Lucas Zelarayan (Columbus Crew/Director’s Choice)

Attackers: Christian Benteke (Manager’s Choice), Dennis Bouanga (LAFC/Manager’s Choice), Christian Espinoza (San Jose Earthquakes’ Choice/Manager’s Choice), Jesus Ferreira (FC Dallas/Vote), Giorgos Giakomakis (Atlanta United/Manager’s Choice), Kei Kamara (Team Chicago Fire/Commissioner’s Choice) and Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders/Voice).

trainer: Wayne Rooney (DC United).

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