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Major League Soccer All-Star Game

The Major League Soccer All-Star Game is an annual soccer game held by Major League Soccer featuring selected players from the league against an international club. MLS initially adopted a traditional all-star game format used by other North American sports leagues where the Eastern Conference squared off against the Western Conference. This eventually evolved into the current system where the league annually invites a club from abroad to play against a league all-star team in a friendly match. The MLS All-Stars hold a 9–7 record in the competition marking the season's midpoint. Players are awarded rosters spots through a combination of fan voting and selections by the appointed manager and league commissioner.

MLS All-Star Game
Founded1996
RegionMajor League Soccer (CONCACAF)
Number of teams2
Current championsSpain Atlético Madrid (1st title)
Most successful club(s)United StatesCanada MLS All-Stars (9 titles)
Television broadcastersFS1, UniMás, TSN, TVA Sports
2019 MLS All-Star Game

In case of a tie after full-time, the game does not use a 30-minute extra time period; instead it goes straight to a penalty shoot-out.

HistoryEdit

Major League Soccer's first all-star game was played at Giants Stadium in the summer of 1996. The game, using the traditional East–West format with players handpicked by the coaching staffs, was the first game of a doubleheader with the Brazilian national team defeating a team of FIFA World All-Stars.[1][2] The matchup between divisions would only be used for six seasons as MLS tried experimenting with different formats. The 1998 All-Star Game placed a team of American MLS players against MLS players from abroad. The 2002 game, the first to use a league-wide all-star team is the only game to feature a national team opponent. Since then (except in 2004), every opponent has been a professional club invited by the league. The MLS All-Stars won their first six games before falling to Everton in penalties in 2009. All games since 2005 have been against teams from Europe, the majority of which have been from England's Premier League. This is a feasible format because unlike MLS (which runs a spring-summer-fall schedule) the major European leagues all run a fall-winter-spring schedule, meaning the middle of the MLS season coincides with the pre-seasons of most European leagues. From a European perspective, the match is considered to be a pre-season friendly against an MLS XI.

RosterEdit

For 2014, ten players were chosen by All-Star Game coach Caleb Porter, eleven players were chosen by fan voting (subject to Porter's approval), and two were selected by MLS commissioner Don Garber.[3]

Results by teamEdit

Team Winner Runner-up Total
   MLS All-Stars 9 8 17
  MLS East 5[4] 1 6
  MLS West 2[5] 4 6
  Manchester United 2 2
  Arsenal 1 1
  Everton 1 1
  Juventus 1 1
  Roma 1 1
  Atlético Madrid 1 1
  Real Madrid 1 1
  MLS USA 1 1
  Chelsea 2 2
  Fulham 1 1
  Tottenham Hotspur 1 1
  West Ham United 1 1
  Bayern Munich 1 1
  Guadalajara 1 1
  Celtic 1 1
  MLS World 1 1
  United States 1 1

Results by nationEdit

Team Winner Runner-up Total
  USA 17 14 31
  England 4 5 9
  Italy 2 2
  Spain 2 2
  Germany 1 1
  Mexico 1 1
  Scotland 1 1
  World 1 1

Results by yearEdit

"East vs. West" (1996–1997)Edit

"MLS USA vs. MLS World" (1998)Edit

"East vs. West" (1999–2001)Edit

"All-Stars vs. Guest" (2002–2003)Edit

"East vs. West" (2004)Edit

"All-Stars vs. Europe" (2005–2019)Edit

"All-Stars vs. Liga MX All-Stars" (2020–present)Edit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Stephenson, Colinwas (July 14, 1996). "Soccer Fans Get Their Kicks With 2 All-star Games Today". NY Daily News. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
  2. ^ Yannis, Alex (July 16, 1996). "SOCCER REPORT". The New York Times. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
  3. ^ "MLS announces 2014 MLS All-Star Game roster". US Soccer Players. July 21, 2014. Retrieved August 7, 2014.
  4. ^ one shared
  5. ^ one shared