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
Streaming Report: Twitter will carry CCL final    
For the first time, Twitter will carry the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League final, streaming Wednesday's second ...
CCL: Omar Gonzalez looks to make history    
Omar Gonzalez looks to make history as the third American to win the Concacaf Champions League ...
What They're Saying: Landon Donovan    
"I think the Swansea name will get bigger and bigger in America and elsewhere. I think ...
Video Pick: Own goal from 18 yards!    
Dynamo Dresden's Aias Aosman quite incredibly scored with a volley off his thigh from edge of ...
U.S. Abroad: Brooks out with hip injury    
Health issues have dogged U.S. national team defender John Brooks all season -- back issues, then ...
What They're Saying: Kekuta Manneh    
"I'm used to traveling with the team, whether I'm going to be involved in the game ...
MLS: Top-end salaries jump thanks to TAM    
While the number of MLS players making more than $1 million a year in guaranteed compensation ...
MLS millionaire club continues to grow    
For the third year in a row, Brazilian Kaka is the highest-paid player in MLS. The ...
What They're Saying: Carly Telford    
"The chairman himself didn't come in to break the news. We've never actually met the chairman, ...
What They're Saying: Juan Carlos Rodriguez    
"It's not only an MLS team. This is way bigger than MLS. ... We really want ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives