Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
MLS All-Stars to test perfect record against EPL's Everton
by Ridge Mahoney, April 30th, 2009 7AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS]How far down the list of prospective All-Star Game candidates Everton may have been is no longer relevant, for the English Premier League team is headed to Salt Lake City to play in the annual exhibition July 29 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Perhaps a half-dozen teams - including to varying degrees Liverpool, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Valencia and Villarreal - had been in the mix at some point, but a summer already busy with domestic exhibitions, a revamped schedule for the Champions' League and UEFA Cup competitions, and earlier starting dates for European league seasons in a World Cup (2009-10) year complicated the negotiation process.

Everton, which will play Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium May 30, has come to the United States the last two summers. It played Columbus and Real Salt Lake in 2007 and Chicago and Colorado last year.

"We are all looking forward to the match in Salt Lake City," said Everton coach David Moyes. "I am sure there will be a lot of interest in the game and it will be a valuable part of our preseason schedule. We always enjoy spending time in America during the summer because the facilities are first-class and there is a warm welcome wherever we go."

There were apparently no South American teams in contention to face an MLS All-Star team in the latest facility to join the league's list of new stadiums. RSL hosted its first match last October at Rio Tinto Stadium, which holds approximately 20,000 and will also host a USA women's match (May 20) and U.S. men's World Cup qualifier (Sept. 5) this year.

American goalie Tim Howard, who joined Everton from Manchester United in a $5.6 million transfer two years ago, said: "I can't wait to play the MLS All-Stars. I will doubtless know a few of the guys from the U.S. team and I know full well that it will be a real test for us at that stage of our preseason.

"The fans over there always enjoy watching English teams in action and I'm sure there will be a terrific atmosphere in the stadium."

Howard played for MLS in the 2001 and 2002 All-Star Games prior to joining Manchester United in 2003.

MLS holds a perfect 5-0 record against foreign club teams in the All-Star Game, having beaten Chivas Guadalajara (2003), Fulham (2005), Chelsea (2006), Glasgow Celtic (2007) and West Ham United (2008) in past editions.

RSL has averaged only 12,550 fans for its three home games this season yet sold out two of the four games it played at Rio Tinto last year.

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
MLS Injury Report: Timbers' Borchers out for season    
Portland Timbers defender Nat Borchers will miss the rest of the 2016 season with a ruptured ...
TV Report: MLS All-Star Game will air in Cuba    
The MLS All-Star Game will be broadcast for the first time in Cuba. MLS reached an ...
Crowd Count: MLS chases 2015 attendance record    
At the All-Star break, MLS clubs are averaging 21,429 fans a game, almost unchanged (down 0.6 ...
What They're Saying: Chinese soccer fan Netizen Liu Ningning    
"I don't mind spending money on the ticket, I don't have to watch the game, but ...
What They're Saying: Bill Edwards    
"As [head coach] Stuart [Campbell] said after the match, the officiating was disgusting. It was the ...
USL Rewind: Big crowd sees Cincy win River Cities Cup    
Drained by a busy schedule of league matches and a friendly against Crystal Palace, FC Cincinnati ...
NWSL Rewind: Goals rain down for Seattle    
The Seattle Reign, the two-time NWSL regular-season champion, scored a season-high five goals as it pounded ...
Video Pick: Giovinco aces two free kicks    
Sebastian Giovinco's hat trick in Toronto FC's 4-1 win over D.C United included two free-kick golazos, ...
NASL Rewind: Omar Bravo scores on debut    
Former Mexican World Cup striker Omar Bravo scored in his debut for the Carolina RailHawks in ...
MLS Talking Points: 'Hatred' seeps into New York derby    
The intensity of the Hudson River Derby took on a new level, rising with the midday ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives