MLS All-Star Game Recap
Last night pitted the Major League Soccer All-Star team against La Liga’s Atletico Madrid. The game would be delayed for 34 minutes due to the rain in Orlando. But once the teams took the field, an Atletico Madrid team, comprised entirely of reserves, was the first to settle into the game. They would continue to play the game at full throttle and shut out the MLS All Star team in front of 25,527 screaming fans.
Victor Machin Perez, known as Vitolo, set up a clear chance for Angel Correa in the eighth minute of play to have the shot go wide. MLS keeper Brad Guzan would be forced to parry Carlos Isaac’s push just seven minutes later.
The All Starts would eventually find their footing in the game when Wayne Rooney nearly scored in the 26th minute of play. Rooney took the shot outside of the box but the ball flew just over the cross bar. The first score would come in the 43rd minute after Rodrigo Riquelme passed the ball on a beautiful backheel that confused the All Start defense. The ball found Marcos Llorente, who finished the shot underneath goalkeeper Andre Blake.
At the start of the second half MLS all-Star manager James O’Connor would start with a new lineup which would revitalize the team. Two minutes into the half, Seattle midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro picked out LAFC’s Diego Rossi with a cross to the far post but it ultimately went wide. Lodeiro would have another chance in the 55th minute but Atleti keeper Antonio Adan would block the shot.
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone would sub out all 11 players in the 56th minute, bringing in stars Jorge Resurreccion Meridio (Koke) and Diego Costa. Atletico would score again in the 85th minute via a knuckling shot from the young teenage sensation Joao Felix. He would shoot the ball from far outside of the box and it would be just out of reach of Nick Rimando.
The All-Stars would have several chances late into the game with shots from Pity Martinez, Ezequiel Barco, and Bastian Schweinsteiger, but would surrender a third goal in stoppage time via Diego Costa.
When playing European opponents the MLS All-Star teams are now 7-3-5 since 2005. MLS league matches return this Saturday at 5ET when the LA Galaxy go to Atlanta.
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