For the first time, soccer fans will have the opportunity to select the starting lineups when MLS USA battles the MLS World All-Stars at the 1998 MLS All-Star Game Sunday, August 2 at 3:30 p.m. (ET) at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando. The game will be televised live on ABC. The new format, a departure from the Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference matchup in the first two MLS All-Star games, commemorates World Cup France '98, in which many MLS stars will participate. The league's world-class international players will form the "MLS World" team, and MLS players from the United States, including many from the U.S. National Team, will come together as "MLS USA" at the MLS All-Star Weekend. From May 3 to June 28, 1998, official ballots will be available at more than 2,100 participating Kmart stores nationwide. Ballots will be available to customers in the Men's Team Apparel "Sports Center" and the Children's Team Apparel departments, as well as at mid-aisle displays featuring MLS Official Sponsors Pepsi and Snickers. Fans also can obtain ballots at MLS stadiums. Completed ballots may be mailed to "All-Star Summer Soccer Fantasy" Sweepstakes, PO Box 13591, Bridgeport, CT 06673-3591 or deposited at MLS Stadiums at in-stadium ballot boxes on team "Balloting Days" (see schedule below). Fans also may choose to vote on the internet by visiting the official MLS website at www.MLSNET.com. To vote, fans must use an official entry ballot and choose the starting lineups for the MLS USA and MLS World teams by selecting 11 players for each side: one goalkeeper, three defenders, five midfielders and two forwards. Voters will automatically be entered to win a trip to enjoy the league's All-Star Weekend festivities at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in central Florida, as part of the MLS All-Star Summer Soccer Fantasy Sweepstakes, More than 15,000 prizes will be given away during the sweepstakes, including two Grand Prize trips for four to the MLS All-Star Summer Soccer Fantasy Weekend in Orlando to be the "Honorary Team Captains" of the MLS USA and MLS World All-Stars. With each vote submitted, fans will automatically be entered into the Sweepstakes drawing and may enter as often as they like.
1999 All-Star Game in San DiegoMLS has announced that the 1999 MLS All-Star Game will be held at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. on Saturday, July 17, 1999. "Major League Soccer noted the great success of Super Bowl XXXII at Qualcomm Stadium and the tremendous job the San Diego community did in hosting the best and most exciting Super Bowl ever this past January," said MLS commissioner Doug Logan. "With the passion for soccer that exists in the San Diego-Tijuana region, we are confident that our 1999 All-Star Game and related events will be a huge success as well." The pitchers' mound at Qualcomm Stadium will be removed, the baseball diamond re-sodded and the field and stands reconfigured for soccer during Major League Baseball's All-Star break in 1999, while the San Diego Padres will be scheduled to open the second half of the 1999 season with a road trip in order to accommodate the MLS All-Star Game. The game will be the culmination of several days of events in the San Diego area. Further details on the game and the festivities will be announced in the future.
MLS Stadium All-Star Balloting DatesHere are the balloting dates for each of the 12 MLS teams: Chicago Fire --May 20; May 23; June 6; June 11; June 17. Colorado Rapids --May 9; May 28; May 31; June 6; June 25. Columbus Crew --May 17; May 30; June 13; June 20. Dallas Burn --May 16; May 20; May 31; June 4; June 21. D.C. United --May 9; May 13; May 23; June 7. Kansas City Wizards --May 23; May 27; June 6. Los Angeles Galaxy --May 6; May 23; May 30; June 7. MetroStars --May 6; May 16; May 23; June 3; June 13 Miami Fusion --May 9; June 7; June 27 New England Revolution --May 10; May 16; May 22; May 31; June 14. San Jose Clash --May 16; June 3; June 27. Tampa Bay Mutiny --May 13; May 16; May 30.
A look at the 1998 MLS All-Star BallotFans vote for one goalkeeper, three defenders, five midfielders and two forwards per team. MLS USA Goalkeepers --Mike Ammann (Kansas City), Mark Dodd (Dallas), Ian Feuer (New England), Marcus Hahnemann (Colorado), Tony Meola (MetroStars), Juergen Sommer (Columbus). Defenders --Jeff Agoos (D.C. United), Marcelo Balboa (Colorado), Mike Burns (New England), Dan Calichman (Los Angeles), John Doyle (San Jose), Mike Duhaney (Tampa Bay), Robin Fraser (Los Angeles), Rhett Harty (MetroStars), Cle Kooiman (Miami), Alexi Lalas (MetroStars), Carlos Llamosa (D.C. United), Matt McKeon (Kansas City), Eddie Pope (D.C. United), Mark Santel (Dallas), Greg Vannely (Los Angeles). Midfielders --Imad Baba (New England), Mark Chung (Kansas City), Thomas Dooley (Columbus), John Harkes (D.C. United), Frankie Hejduk (Tampa Bay), Chris Henderson (Colorado), Cobi Jones (Los Angeles), Matt Kmosko (Miami), Jason Kreis (Dallas), Eddie Lewis (San Jose), Brian Maisonneuve (Columbus), Danny Pena (Los Angeles), Steve Ralston (Tampa Bay), Tab Ramos (MetroStars), Jorge Salcedo (Chicago), Tony Sanneh (D.C. United), Mike Sorber (MetroStars), Martin Vasquez (San Jose), Peter Vermes (Colorado), Richie Williams (D.C. United). Forwards --Paul Bravo (Colorado), Frank Klopas (Chicago), Roy Lassiter (D.C. United), Lawrence Lozzano (San Jose), Brian McBride (Columbus), Joe-Man Moore (New England), Preki (Kansas City), Dante Washington (Dallas), Roy Wegerle (Tampa Bay), Eric Wynalda (San Jose). MLS WORLD Goalkeepers --Jorge Campos (Chicago, Mexico), Thomas Ravelli (Tampa Bay, Sweden). Defenders --Geoff Aunger (D.C. United, Canada), Jan Eriksson (Tampa Bay, Sweden), Richard Gough (San Jose, Scotland), Richard Goulooze (New England, Netherlands), Ricardo Iribarren (Columbus, Argentina), Lubos Kubik (Chicago, Czech Republic), Uche Okafor (Kansas City, Nigeria), Arley Palacios (MetroStars, Colombia), Jorge Rodriguez (Dallas, El Salvador), Refik Sabanadzovic (Kansas City, Bosnia), Diego Sonora (MetroStars, Argentina), Frank Yallop (Tampa Bay, Canada). Midfielders --Leonel Alvarez (Dallas, Colombia), Mauricio Cienfuegos (Los Angeles, El Salvador), Marco Etcheverry (D.C. United, Bolivia), Gilmar (Tampa Bay, Brazil), Edwin Gorter (New England, Netherlands), Marcelo Herrera (Miami, Argentina), Martin Machon (Los Angeles, Guatemala), Marquinho (Colorado, Brazil), Victor Mella (San Jose, Chile), David Nakhid (New England, Trinidad & Tobago), Peter Nowak (Chicago, Poland), Adrian Paz (Colorado, Uruguay), Juan Pablo Rodriguez (San Jose, Mexico), Wellington Sanchez (Los Angeles, Ecuador), Brian Sebapole (San Jose, South Africa), Diego Serna (Miami, Colombia), Alain Sutter (Dallas, Switzerland), Carlos Valderrama (Miami, Colombia), Marcelo Vega (MetroStars, Chile), Robert Warzycha (Columbus, Poland). Forwards --Damian Alvarez (Dallas, Mexico), Raul Diaz Arce (New England, El Salvador), Ronald Cerritos (San Jose, El Salvador), Eduardo Hurtado (MetroStars, Ecuador), Mo Johnston (Kansas City, Scotland), Roman Kosecki (Chicago, Poland), Jaime Moreno (D.C. United, Bolivia), Paul Rideout (Kansas City, England), Waldir Saenz (Colorado, Peru), Giovanni Savarese (MetroStars, Venezuela), Welton (Los Angeles, Brazil).
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