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2007 MLS All-Star Game

2007 MLS All-Star Game
Event MLS All-Stars
Date 19 July 2007
Venue Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Man of the Match Juan Pablo Ángel (New York Red Bulls)
Referee Baldomero Toledo
David Bragg
Jose Corro
Michael Kennedy
Attendance 18,661
Weather Cloudy, 85 °F

The 2007 Major League Soccer All-Star Game was the 12th consecutive Major League Soccer All-Star Game. The 2007 MLS All-Star Game took place on 19 July 2007 between the 2007 MLS All-Stars and Celtic.

Dick's Sporting Goods Park, the new home stadium of the Colorado Rapids in Commerce City, CO, hosted the 2007 Sierra Mist All-Star Game.[1] This was the first time that Dick's Sporting Goods Park hosted the MLS All-Star game.

David Beckham made an appearance and participated in a special introduction to the fans on hand as well as in a halftime ESPN interview, and watched the game from the Commissioner's Box.

The MLS All-Stars defeated Celtic 2–0, giving them a perfect 4–0 record against international competition.

Contents

  • Background 1
    • Celtic 1.1
  • 2007 All-Star Game Rosters 2
    • Major League Soccer 2.1
    • Celtic FC 2.2
  • All-Star Selections By Club 3
  • Kits 4
  • Trivia 5
  • Notes 6
  • External links 7

Background

Major League Soccer announced on Thursday, 25 January 2007 that Dick's Sporting Goods Park, the new home of the Colorado Rapids located just outside of downtown Denver, will host the 2007 Sierra Mist MLS All-Star Game on 19 July, pitting Scottish club Celtic FC against the best from MLS. MLS announced the news during a press conference at The Pinnacle Club in the Grand Hyatt featuring MLS Deputy Commissioner Ivan Gazidis and Colorado Rapids Managing Director Jeff Plush. “We are thrilled to welcome Celtic, one of the world’s most popular teams, for a quality match against the best of MLS at our newest soccer cathedral, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “We look forward to an exciting evening in this tremendous new soccer-specific venue.”

A week before the 2007 All-Star game the ColoradoRapids.com posted a news release on their website stating that less than 1,000 tickets remained for the 2007 Sierra Mist MLS All-Star Game on 19 July at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Tickets for the All-Star Game went on sale to the public Saturday, 5 May 2007 at 10:00 am MT.

Celtic

Glasgow-based Celtic captured their 41st Scottish championship in April (2007), and featured such high-profile players as Polish goalkeeper Artur Boruc, Scottish defenders Steven Pressley and Stephen McManus, Japanese midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura, Danish midfielder Thomas Gravesen and Dutch striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink. Celtic has one of the most dedicated and widespread fan bases in all of club football, and were the first British club to win the European Cup in 1967. Celtic had a long and historic rivalry with fellow Glaswegian club Rangers, the two being known as the Old Firm.

2007 All-Star Game Rosters

Major League Soccer

Players in bold denotes First XI status.[2]

Pos. Player Team MLS Exp.
MLS All-Star Starters
F Juan Pablo Ángel New York Red Bulls 0
F Eddie Johnson Kansas City Wizards 6
M Dwayne DeRosario Houston Dynamo 6
M Shalrie Joseph New England Revolution 4
M Juan Toja FC Dallas 0
M Ricardo Clark Houston Dynamo 4
M Ronnie O'Brien ~ Toronto FC 5
D Jimmy Conrad Kansas City Wizards 8
D Jonathan Bornstein Chivas USA 1
D Michael Parkhurst New England Revolution 2
GK Matt Reis New England Revolution 9
All-Star Subs
F Brian Ching ~ Houston Dynamo 5
F Landon Donovan ~ Los Angeles Galaxy 6
M Cobi Jones Los Angeles Galaxy 11
M Pablo Mastroeni ~ Colorado Rapids 9
M Christian Gomez D.C. United 3
D Eddie Pope Real Salt Lake 11
GK Kevin Hartman ~ Kansas City Wizards 10
All-Star Reserves
F Jeff Cunningham Toronto FC 9
F Danny Dichio Toronto FC 0
F Taylor Twellman New England Revolution 5
M Kyle Beckerman Real Salt Lake 7
M Justin Mapp Chicago Fire 5
M Ben Olsen D.C. United 8
M Guillermo Barros Schelotto Columbus Crew 0
M Steve Ralston New England Revolution 11
M Claudio Reyna New York Red Bulls 0
D Jim Brennan Toronto FC 0
D Frankie Hejduk Columbus Crew 7
D Eddie Robinson Houston Dynamo 6
GK Brad Guzan Chivas USA 2
GK Ronald Waterreus New York Red Bulls 0

~ – Players selected by coach

† – "Commissioner's Picks"[3]

Celtic FC

Pos. Player
GK Artur Boruc
D Lee Naylor
D Mark Wilson
D Stephen McManus
D John Kennedy
M Scott Brown
M Massimo Donati
M Aiden McGeady
M Teddy Bjarnason
F Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink
F Scott McDonald

All-Star Selections By Club

Club # Selections
New England Revolution 5
Houston Dynamo 4
Toronto FC 4
New York Red Bulls 3
Kansas City Wizards 3
Chivas USA 2
D.C. United 2
Real Salt Lake 2
Columbus Crew 2
Los Angeles Galaxy 2
FC Dallas 1
Colorado Rapids 1
Chicago Fire 1

Kits

MLS All-Stars
Celtic


Trivia

Notes

  1. ^ http://www.denverpost.com/rapids/ci_5079940
  2. ^ Halpin, Jason (2007-07-05). "Hot strikers lead MLS All-Star First XI". Archived from the original on 2010-01-19. 
  3. ^ "Toronto FC's O'Brien earns all-star call".  

External links

  • 2007 MLS All-Star Game Recap
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