2002 MLS All-Star Game

The 2002 Major League Soccer All-Star Game was the 7th Major League Soccer All-Star Game, played on August 3, 2002 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Major League Soccer, looking to capitalize on the success of the United States at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, invited the U.S. national team to compete against the MLS All-Stars. Bruce Arena assembled a roster of the national team's most prominent domestic players in the last decade, while then-San Jose Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop formed an All-Star team of the top talent among the league's remaining players.

Pepsi MLS All-Star Game 2002
Event2002 Major League Soccer season
DateAugust 3, 2002
VenueRFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Man of the MatchMarco Etcheverry (D.C. United)
RefereeBrian Hall

The match edit

Summary edit

RFK Stadium hosted the match

Despite bad weather leading to a rain delay in the first half, the game saw a flurry of goals toward its conclusion. U.S. standout and San Jose Earthquakes' forward Landon Donovan opened the scoring for the national team, while the Dallas Burn's Jason Kreis responded with the equalizer in the following minute.

D.C. United midfielder and MVP Marco Etcheverry gave the All-Stars the lead with help from fellow Bolivian Joselito Vaca. The Los Angeles Galaxy's Cobi Jones tied the game on a Brian McBride cross, but the New England Revolution's Steve Ralston scored late in the second half to give MLS the All-Star Game win.

Details edit

MLS All-Stars  3–2  United States
Attendance: 31,096
Referee: Brian Hall

MLS All-Star MVP:
  Marco Etcheverry (MLS All-Stars)
Assistant referees:
Nathan Clement
Craig Lowry
Fourth official:

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • Unlimited substitutions.
  • No extra time.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.

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