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Arsenal to become eighth British club to face MLS All-Stars

English Premier League giants Arsenal have officially been announced as the 2016 MLS All-Star opponents and will become the eighth British club to face off against the best in MLS when they take to the field on July 28 at San Jose Earthquakes’ Avaya Stadium.

The Gunners will continue the tradition of the MLS All-Stars facing off against Premier League opposition, with Fulham, West Ham, Chelsea, Everton and Manchester United all previously playing in the game.

Celtic also played in the showpiece match back in 2007, while Arsenal’s fierce rivals Tottenham took on the best in MLS last year, coming out as the losers thanks to goals from Kaka and David Villa in a 2-1 win for the All-Stars.

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With more talent arriving in MLS every year, the All-Stars should only get stronger and that will mean Arsenal are set for a stiff preseason test.

The MLS All-Stars have beaten Bayern Munich and Tottenham over the last two years and would love to make it three on the bounce by beating the Gunners.

Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, believes the game will serve them well as they prepare for the 2016/17 season. As well as playing the All-Star game in San Jose, Arsenal will play Mexican side Chivas de Guadalajara at LA Galaxy’s StubHub Center on July 31.

“Preseason is a critically important time for us and we are delighted to be coming to San Jose and Los Angeles to participate in the 2016 MLS All-Star Game and to play Chivas,” Wenger said in a statement.

“We have tremendous support across America and enjoyed our visit to New York in the summer of 2014 when we played the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena. We are all looking forward to this summer’s trip as we prepare for our 2016-2017 season.”

Who do you think will win the 2016 MLS All-Star game?

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2 Comments on Arsenal to become eighth British club to face MLS All-Stars

  1. I’m always curious as to what outsiders think of the All-Star Game concept. Do you get excited at the prospect of a “Best XI” of sorts trotted out against an actual, functioning squad? Would you prefer to see an MLS vs. MLS showcase?

    • I think the current format suits MLS perfectly. It gives the league the chance to put out its best talent against one of the world’s biggest clubs, increasing exposure to Europeans about the rising standards of MLS. The All-Stars have beaten Bayern Munich and Tottenham over the past two years and that can only do the league well. Maybe once the league is fully established as one of the world’s best, it will return to an MLS vs. MLS format.

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