The MLS All-Star Game , like many other All-Star games in North America, is always subject to debate vis à vis its effectiveness and relevance. But the marketing power of the sport has taken another level since the MLS decided to change the format in which the best MLS players (USA and Canada) take on a top European club.
MLS All-Star Roster
Defenders: Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact), Andrew Farrell (New England Revolution), Keegan Rosenberry (Philadelphia Union), Brandon Vincent (Chicago Fire), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Mauro Diaz (FC Dallas), Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), Kaká (Orlando City), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Andrea Pirlo (New York City FC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
Forwards: Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Didier Drogba (Montreal Impact), Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), Cyle Larin (Orlando City), Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact), David Villa (New York City FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Goalkeepers: Petr Cech, David Ospina, Emiliano Martinez
Defenders: Hector Bellerin, Krystian Bielik, Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy, , Kieran Gibbs, Rob Holding, Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal
Midfielders: Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Chris Willock, Jack Wilshere, Granit Xhaka, Gedion Zelalem
Forwards : Chuba Akpom, Joel Campbell, Alex Iwobi, Theo Walcott
Where, When and How
Match date/time: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. ET, 4:30 p.m. local
Venue: Avaya Stadium, San Jose, Calif.
TV: ESPN (U.S. -- English), UniMás (U.S. -- Spanish), Sky Sports 2 (U.K.) , TSN2/RDS ( Canada)
Online: Watch ESPN (U.S. -- English), Univision Deportes en vivo (U.S. -- Spanish), Sky Go (U.K.)