Tonight, in (er, near...OK, near-ish) Chicago, the MLS All-Stars will take on the world all-star team that is Real Madrid. Major League Soccer will never not have a mid-season spectacular light on substance and heavy on branding opportunities. It’s the kind of event that can be kind of fun if you shut your brain off, basically.
Needless to say, no D.C. United players were invited to be on the 24 man MLS roster, which has some questionable choices (but no preposterous Beckham/Lampard nominees based solely on broadcast partner demands). However, it’s probably better than prime-time TV options on a Wednesday night, so you might as well tune in.
Location: Toyota Park (Bridgeview, IL)
Kickoff time: 8:30pm Eastern
MLS All Star roster: Tim Howard, Stefan Frei, Graham Zusi, Hernan Grana, Johan Kappelhof, Michael Parkhurst, Matt Hedges, Jelle Van Damme, Greg Garza, DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Dax McCarty, Kellyn Acosta, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Miguel Almiron, Giovani Dos Santos, Diego Valeri, Kaka, Ignacio Piatti, David Villa, Sebastian Giovinco, Dom Dwyer, Nemanja Nikolic, Jozy Altidore
Real Madrid roster: Keylor Navas, Kiko Casilla, Ruben Yañez, Luca Zidane, Dani Carvajal, Achraf Hakimi, Theo Hernandez, Manuel Hernando, Marcelo, Nacho, Luis Miguel Quezada, Sergio Ramos, Alvaro Tejero, Jesus Vallejo, Rafael Varane, Marco Asensio, Casemiro, Dani Ceballos, Mateo Kovacic, Toni Kroos, Marcos Llorente, Luca Modric, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Francisco Feuillassier, Daniel Gomez, Isco, Borja Mayoral, Oscar Rodriguez, Lucas Vazquez
No Cristiano Ronaldo. We’ll all have to live through this tragedy somehow.
Referee: This probably doesn’t matter
Available TV: Fox Sports 1, Univision, Univision Deportes, RMTV
Available streaming: Fox Sports Go, Univision Now, Univision Deportes app, RMTV app
For listings in other countries, check out LiveSoccerTV.com.
What are you drinking?: Beer? I need to pick some up, so I’ll probably have a beer.
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