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There's talk of the MLS All Star game being between the US Nats and an MLS All Star Team. I think it would be great.

RFK August 3rd. You would have to be insane to be anywhere else.:cool:
 

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Uh, wouldn't most of the MLS All-star team be playing for the Nats or vice versa? Would the European players really come all the way over for an all-star match?

Don't get me wrong, it is a cool idea and I'd be there. :)
 

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They tried a format already which it was a disaster, IMHO ... The US Nats vs. MLS International All Stars. Nats distroyed the internationals.

If this is the same format, I would not go for it.

East v. West is fine with me.

I think MLS is trying to gain pub from showing at recent World Cup, (I can't blame them) but who would play for Nats ... McBride, Mathis, Donovan, Mastroeni, Wolff, Llamosa, Meola to my knowledge are the only health players from WC 2002. Pope, Beasley, Agoos among the other starters are all injured.

Or MLS could be using the game to showcase their new crop of up and commers? This would be an idea !!!
 

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There's talk of the MLS All Star game being between the US Nats and an MLS All Star Team. I think it would be great.

RFK August 3rd. You would have to be insane to be anywhere else.:cool:
So it would be a bit like the hockey all-star game right, just without Canada:tongue:

Seems like some variation would be okay.
 

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The game isn't until August 3. Most of the players will be healthy again. Those overseas training with their club teams might not be able to get away. Out of 23 Nats, I think getting 18 or more would not be that hard. The MLS players on the Nats would play for the Nats.

It would be a great showcase for the Nats. A sort of welcome home, well done, thank you from the fans.

The Nats owe MLS big time. MLS bought the TV rights for this Cup. We might not have had the great ESPN/ ABC/DISNEY coverage that we all enjoyed so much.:yuck: :yuck: :ass: :ass:

It would be a huge draw.:greed: :greed: :greed: Especially if the fans started a chant, "PLAY FOR REAL, PLAY FOR REAL." It would be more than an All Star Game. It would be tryouts for the next squad.:D
 

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We no longer have to put up with people bad mouthing the game after the baseball All Star game last night. A 7-7 tie? What a joke. We ran out of players was the excuse.:D :D
 

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If the players strike, the entire baseball bubble is going to burst and it is going to get ugly. Baseball is getting by on nostalgia at this point (witness the schmaltzy pregame show at the All Star game) and a strike will destroy whatever goodwill was left. People will stop attending, investors are going to get scared and start pulling their money, and the whole bubble is going to pop. Even the Yankees won't be able to support the astronomical salaries players have now, cities who've underwritten stadiums are going to be left holding the bag, on and on and on.

Baseball will contract drastically, the league will and the players will be forced to reach a sensible agreement to salvage what is left of the sport, and baseball will have to rebuild itself.

In the end, I think it will be a good thing, but we are looking at 15-20 years before things get better.

Mind you, this is a sport I love and spent the better part of my youth playing and watching. This doesn't make me happy.
 

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This is the Final Scoop ......

Right off www.mlsnetcom:

All-Star Game Features USMNT



NEW YORK (July 4, 2002) -- Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber announced today that the 2002 Pepsi MLS All-Star Game will feature a celebration of soccer in America as the U.S. Men's National Team faces the best of Major League Soccer. The 2002 Pepsi MLS All-Star Game will be televised nationally from RFK Stadium on Saturday, August 3, 2002 at 3:30 p.m. (ET), live on ABC.

"All of America and a generation of soccer fans have waited a lifetime for a magical World Cup performance like this," said Garber. "This U.S. team achieved great things for our sport during their impressive run in South Korea, and Major League Soccer wants to celebrate this achievement this All-Star weekend."

The United States, which advanced to the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time in more than 70 years and captivated a nation in doing so, featured 11 current and five former MLS players. MLS stars Landon Donovan, Brian McBride and Clint Mathis scored five of the six U.S. goals, while DaMarcus Beasley, Pablo Mastroeni, Josh Wolff, Carlos Llamosa and D.C. United's own Eddie Pope played key roles in the team's success. Jeff Agoos, Cobi Jones and Tony Meola also contributed heavily to the team, while Head Coach Bruce Arena, who guided D.C. United to two MLS Cup championships and three consecutive title games from 1996-1998, became the winningest coach in U.S. National Team history during the tournament.

"We could not have achieved such greatness in Korea without MLS and the players it has helped to develop over the past seven seasons," said U.S. Soccer President Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia. "MLS has contributed mightily to this team, and we hope that on All-Star weekend, the fans will have a chance to celebrate with the stars of Major League Soccer and our National Team. "

In addition, the 2002 MLS All-Star festivities will look to honor the accomplishments of players past and present who have contributed to the rise and development of American soccer in the modern era. In addition to the celebratory game between the U.S. National Team and MLS All-Stars as voted by the fans, players, coaches and media, MLS and US Soccer will recognize previous players who have been an integral part of the growth of soccer in the United States.

The 2002 Pepsi MLS All-Star Game featuring the U.S. National Team offers four levels of ticket pricing, ranging from $27 to $55 for individuals, and $22 to $45 for groups of 20 or more. For Group Sales and Season ticket package information call D.C. United at (703) 478-6600; or go online at www.dcunited.com and at RFK Stadium advance sales during all D.C. United home games. For individual tickets call TicketMaster - (202) 432 - SEAT (metro D.C.); (410) 481 - SEAT (Baltimore & MD); (703) 573 - SEAT (Virginia); or go online at www.ticketmaster.com and at all TicketMaster outlets including HECHT's, Tower Records and at RFK Stadium.

Soccer fans in the nation's capital have proven to be some of the country's most loyal, as United has increased its home attendance during each of the past three seasons, including a League-leading average of 21,518 in 2001. United's passionate and knowledgeable supporters clubs such as the Screaming Eagles and Barra Brava have repeatedly given the Black-and-Red one of the greatest home-field advantages in MLS.

RFK Stadium, the site of two MLS Cup Championship matches, will host its first MLS All-Star Game as the event returns to the East Coast for the first time since 1997. On August 2-3, Pepsi and MLS will host numerous family oriented events, activities and tournaments at RFK and in the Washington, D.C. area.

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Yallop to coach All-Stars against U.S team

July 11, 2002


WASHINGTON (AP) --

San Jose coach Frank Yallop will guide the MLS All-Stars when they play the U.S. men's team in the league's All-Star game on Aug. 3.

Yallop led the Earthquakes to a league-leading 26 points on an 8-4-2 record at the halfway point of the season. He narrowly edged Dallas' Mike Jeffries.

San Jose now is 10-5-2.

Yallop was the MLS' coach of the year in 2001, when San Jose won the championship.

``It's a wonderful honor to be named the All-Star coach,'' Yallop said. ``All the credit has to go to our players. They have worked hard all year to get us into a good position in the league. It should be a great event.''

The game will be at RFK Stadium home of the United.

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Veterans highlight U.S. squad for MLS All-Star Game

16 July 2002 (internetsoccer.com) - U.S. national team head coach Bruce Arena named an 18-man roster, highlighted by a number of World Cup veterans, that will battle the MLS All-Stars on August 3.
The United States roster consists entirely of MLS players, with nine of ten teams represented, and it will be the first action for the U.S. team since their quarterfinal appearance in the 2002 World Cup. None of the U.S. European contingent were recalled because they will be training for the beginning of their 2002-03 seasons.

"U.S. Soccer is honored to participate in the MLS All-Star Game," said Arena. "We are proud to help acknowledge the players of MLS, who have made such great strides in establishing this league in seven short years. We are looking forward to an entertaining event and having the opportunity to thank our loyal fans."

Essentially, the selections of some players are like the traditional soccer custom of having a tribute match. Unfortunately, three-time World Cup star Tab Ramos is injured and will miss the All-Star game as will MetroStars teammate Clint Mathis.

Leading the 2002 U.S. contingent are Landon Donovan and Brian McBride, both of whom scored game-winning goals for the USA in Korea, and the Chicago Fire tandem of DaMarcus Beasley and Josh Wolff. McBride also holds the distinction of being the only player in U.S. history to score a goal in two World Cups.

The roster includes the top two all-time capwinners for the United States: Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Cobi Jones with 159 caps, now fourth on the all-time international list, and San Jose Earthquakes defender Jeff Agoos (133).

Heading up the backline is Kansas City Wizards goalkeeper Tony Meola, who is the USA's all-time goalkeeping leader in wins (36) and shutouts (31). Representing the host venue is D.C. United defender Eddie Pope, who turned in one of the classiest performances of any defender in the tournament.

A total of ten players on the roster are veterans of the France '98 squad. Brian Maisonneuve was one of six players to appear in all three matches for the United States that year. Los Angeles Galaxy defender Alexi Lalas is a veteran of two World Cups, and sits eighth on the U.S. international appearance list with 96 caps. Kansas City Wizards midfielder Preki Radosavljevic scored one of the most memorable goals in U.S. Soccer history, a dynamic long range blast which gave the USA a stunning 1-0 upset against Brazil in the run up to the 1998 World Cup.

Also joining the U.S. selection is former U.S. captain John Harkes, whose remarkable 13-year career with the national team was punctuated by the fact that of his 90 matches in a U.S. kit, he was a starter in all but one.

The Chicago Fire's Chris Armas, one of the key components of the USA's 2002 World Cup qualifying campaign who was lost prior to the tournament with a torn ACL in his right knee, has been named the honorary captain of the U.S. selection.

The MLS All-Stars will be announced on Wednesday and should include other top American players like Dallas' Jason Kreis and New England's Taylor Twellman.

Goalkeepers: Tony Meola, Juergen Sommer

Defenders: Jeff Agoos, Mike Burns, Alexi Lalas, Carlos Llamosa, Eddie Pope

Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley, Chad Deering, John Harkes, Chris Henderson, Cobi Jones, Pablo Mastroeni, Brian Maisonneuve, Preki Radosavljevic

Forwards: Landon Donovan, Brian McBride, Josh Wolff




I didn't expect any foreign based players but why trick people by calling this the national team?
 

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Yeah, it is a shame they couldn't have brought in a few of the foreign-based players such as Reyna, Sanneh, O'Brien, Friedel.

Plus, who's left to play for the MLS All-Stars? Here's my guesses:

G Tim Howard

D C. Bocanegra

D T. Marshall

D Rusty Pierce

M Brian West

M Sasha Victorine

M Mulrooney

M Brad Davis

M Cienfuegos

F Graziani

F Twellman
 

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A tad more on the same subject :

Among the missing from this year's World Cup roster are goalkeepers Brad Friedel and Kasey Keller; defenders Gregg Berhalter, Steve Cherundolo, Frankie Hejduk, David Regis and Tony Sanneh; midfielders Eddie Lewis, John O'Brien, Claudio Reyna and Earnie Stewart; and forwards Clint Mathis and Joe-Max Moore.

Mathis is sidelined by a knee injury.

The MLS roster is to be announced Wednesday.

In addition to the game between the U.S. national team and MLS All-Stars (as voted by the fans, players, coaches and media), MLS and U.S. Soccer will recognize previous players who have been an integral part of the growth of soccer in the United States. The Chicago Fire's Chris Armas, one of the key components of the 2002 World Cup qualifying campaign who was lost prior to the tournament with a torn ACL in his right knee, has been named the honorary captain of the U.S. selection.

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Hey OSF, quit repeating what I've already said!

See three posts up. :tongue: :howler:
 

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"The starters were selected by fans, fellow players, MLS coaches and general managers, and a media panel, with each group's total votes representing 25% of the total."

I think that's a great way to make the selections.
 

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If U R 2 lazy to open a link.... ;) here is the actual news:

Fs Twellman, Ruiz lead five first-timers MLS All-Star team
July 17, 2002

CHICAGO (TICKER) -- Taylor Twellman and Carlos Ruiz, the league's top two goal-scorers, lead the contingent of first-time players in the MLS All-Star Starting 11 announced Wednesday.

The best of Major League Soccer will square off against the United States National Team in the 2002 MLS All-Star Game on August 3 at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C.

Following the success of the national team last month at the World Cup in Korea/Japan, where it reached the quarterfinals, MLS players on the U.S. team will participate in the gala match rather than the traditional East vs. West Conference matchup.

Twellman, the 22-year-old in his first season in the league, is the MLS scoring leader with 28 points. The New England Revolution forward was the second pick overall in the 2002 draft, joining the club from 1860 Munich of Germany.

Ruiz, the Guatemalan forward, was named MLS Player of the Week in two of his first three weeks with the Los Angeles Galaxy. Nicknamed "El Pescadito," which translates as "The Little Fish," is tied with Twellman atop the MLS goal-scoring list with 13.

Defenders Carlos Bocanegra of the Chicago Fire and Ryan Suarez of the Dallas Burn, and midfielder Richard Mulrooney of the San Jose Earthquakes also will make their first respective All-Star appearances.

A pair of MetroStars complete the starting defensive unit. Tim Howard, the 2001 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, will play in his second All-Star Game and defender Mike Petke will compete in his third midseason event.

Mulrooney is joined by four other midfielders in MLS All-Star Team's 3-5-2 formation. New England's Steve Ralston, the league's assist leader with 12, was selected for the third time and Chicago's Dema Kovalenko was tapped for the second time.

Two veteran midfielders from the Colorado Rapids round out the starting 11. Carlos Valderrama, the MLS all-time assist leader, made the All-Star team for the sixth time in seven seasons. Mark Chung, who has tallied six goals and seven assists so far this season, was named for the fourth time.

The 18-man U.S. national squad, which was announced on Tuesday, includes top strikers Landon Donovan and Brian McBride, who tallied two goals apiece for the Americans in South Korea, and Chicago Fire tandem DaMarcus Beasley and Josh Wolff.

The list selected by U.S. coach Bruce Arena also contains five former MLS players.

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Etcheverry picked for seventh MLS All-Star game

July 23, 2002

NEW YORK (AP) -- D.C. United midfielder Marco Etcheverry was picked Tuesday for his seventh Major League Soccer All-Star game.
San Jose goalkeeper Joe Cannon, defender Wade Barrett and forward Ariel Graziani also were picked as reserves along with Kansas City midfielder Chris Klein and Dallas forward Jason Kreis.

Etcheverry and Dallas midfielder Joselito Vaca were added to the MLS roster by league commissioner Don Garber. The All-Stars play the U.S. national team in the game at Washington on Aug. 3.

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