Manchester United will take on the best the States has to offer when the Reds face the MLS All-Stars at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey...
Wednesday 27 July 2011, KO: 21:00 local time.
Red Bull Arena, New Jersey. Capacity: 25,000.
A limited number of tickets are on general sale via New York Red Bulls' website.
Well, they do what they say on the tin – they’re the stars of the MLS, the cream of the league. In recent years, 11 players were voted into the squad by a combination of the fans, the players, the managers and the media, each of whom got a quarter of the vote. Another 10 players were added to the roster by the head coach, with MLS commissioner Don Garber making two selections. The 23-man squad has played a showpiece ‘All-Star Game’ against guest opponents, with five of the last six coming against Premier League opposition. The selection process is under review, but will likely resemble that of past years.
Red Bulls coach Hans Backe has been chosen to coach the All-Stars after an impressive second season in charge of the New York Red Bulls. The 59-year-old Swede was Sven-Göran Eriksson’s assistant at Manchester City in the 2007/08 season.
We won’t know that until the squad is finalised in July, but there's a chance we may see a certain D.Beckham and T.Henry on the team-sheet.
After three straight victories over Fulham (2005), Chelsea (2006) and West Ham (2008), the All-Stars have lost their last two games - on penalties to Everton in 2009 and to us last year. We secured a 5-2 victory in our penultimate tour game last July, with Javier Hernandez scoring on his debut.
Did you know?
The All-Star Game’s theme is ‘Major League Soccer takes on the world.'