Major League Soccer’s annual All-Star Game, in which the best the league has to offer typically take on a European club on one of those lucrative summer jaunts across the United States, will take place in Philadelphia on July 25th. League honchos and local politicians gathered at Philadelphia’s City Hall today to make the announcement, which left one important detail TBD.
The date of the game is a bit unfortunate, considering it’s the same day that the Olympic soccer tournament will kick off in London. That likely means no Davey Becks (who really, really wants to play for the Great Britain team), no Brek Shea (likely US Olympian), Juan Agudelo (ditto), etc. Of course, some of the names we can point to now as likely absences from the All-Star festivities might not make their respective Olympic rosters at all.
Except for Becks. He’s a shoe-in.
Among the details not forthcoming was the All-Star Game opponent. MLS commissioner Don Garber said the opponent would be announced in the “next few months” and specifically asked that the media not hold him to a 60 day window. These things–meaning negotiations with Euro clubs who might not have their summer plans all firmed up–take time, apparently. After facing off against Manchester United the last two editions of the game, MLS probably doesn’t want to take a giant step down and play…Fulham, for example. No offense, Cottagers. You know we love Clint.
Place your bets now, but keep in mind that Liverpool is already confirmed to be in the country around that time. Liverpool, with their sullied reputation, plus Philadelphia sports fans. This is gonna be awesome.