San Jose Earthquakes coach Dominic Kinnear is in charge of the MLS All-Stars tonight, as they take on EPL's Arsenal side at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, and Orlando City's Kaka is wearing the captain's armband for the second year in a row. While there are some big U.S. names missing, Arsenal left some of their best players at home, so it looks like MLS has a pretty good chance of coming out on top. Even though it is highly unlikely that we will see Jermaine Jones, Colorado Rapids' only all-star representative out on the pitch, it should be a fun game to watch anyway!
Here's what you need to know.
Who’s Playing for MLS?
Goalkeepers: David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union)
Defenders: Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact), Andrew Farrell (New England Revolution), Keegan Rosenberry (Philadelphia Union), Brandon Vincent (Chicago Fire), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Mauro Diaz (FC Dallas), Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), Kaká (Orlando City), Sacha Kljestan(New York Red Bulls), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Andrea Pirlo (New York City FC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
Forwards: Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Didier Drogba (Montreal Impact), Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), Cyle Larin (Orlando City), Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact), David Villa (New York City FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Made the team, but is due to injury:
Matt Besler, Liam Ridgewell, and then Jermaine Jones as well.
Who’s Playing for Arsenal?
You can find Arsenal’s entire roster here, but Alexis Sánchez, Mesut Özil, Aaron Ramsey, Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud are all taking time off after international tournaments, and Per Mertesacker is out with a knee injury.
How to Watch:
Match Date/Time: Thursday, 28 July 2016 at 6:00 PM MDT
Venue: Avaya Stadium—San Jose, California
TV: ESPN (U.S.), Sky Sports 3 and HD (UK)
Weather at Kickoff: 82 degrees and mostly sunny