Plenderleith says Thursday night's contest (TV: 9 pm ET, ESPN2, TeleFutura) is particularly well-positioned given Celtic's trip Stateside last year, when the Scottish champ left with its tail between its legs thanks to a 4-0 thumping from D.C. United. You can bet that the likes of Thomas Gravesen and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink will be revved up to make sure that doesn't happen again. And you can bet the MLS All-Stars -- always ready, willing and attentive of having to prove themselves -- will be raring to go as well. Naturally, Coach Steve Nicol and his players said as much during Wednesday's press conference.
As Plenderleith says, "don't be fooled by those 41 Scottish titles next to their name," as the Scottish Premier League has been nothing but a two-horse race for years. Celtic is still a perennial underdog in the Champions League, and there should be no reason MLS can't pull off the same feat it did against Chelsea last year.