The pre-season warm-up match will follow a game against Chivas de Guadalajara at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, as the second scheduled encounter on the record titleholders' US Tour. No less than eight players from Jürgen Klinsmann’s 2014 FIFA World Cup squad, who suffered a to Germany in the group stages courtesy of Thomas Müller’s winner, could feature in the starting line-up.
Landon Donovan may even be afforded the opportunity to play against the outfit with whom he enjoyed a brief loan spell in 2009 after being chosen as an All Star for the 14th time, with fans registering their votes online and via social media. “I’m very proud of it, and I’m very appreciative of it,” said the 32-year-old. “I love representing this league, so it does mean a lot to me."
MLS All Star 23-man squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Bill Hamid (DC United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Aurelien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy), Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders)
Midfielders: Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Will Johnson (Portland Timbers), Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards: Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Robbie Keane (Los Angeles Galaxy), Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders), Erick Torres (Chivas USA), Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls)