Arsenal are this year’s chosen opponents to face the MLS All-Stars in the annual star-studded event at Avaya Stadium in San Jose on July 28.
The All-Stars side have enjoyed success in this fixture across recent years, losing just once in the last four games with Italian giants Roma the only team to conquer them. Chelsea, Bayern Munich and most recently Tottenham Hotspur have lost to the best selection of players in the US and this will be the first time the fixture is taken to California.
Last season’s MLS squad featured the likes of David Villa, Kaka and Clint Dempsey, whilst this year’s selection will likely feature Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo and Sebastian Giovinco.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber will again play a part in the selection process and will hope to avoid the controversy which marred last year’s squad, in which Kei Kamara was initially left out.
San Jose coach Dominic Kinnear and MLS fans casting their votes on the starting XI will complete the selection team.
For the Gunners, this is their first experience of the All-Star match and now become the eighth British side to compete, following Fulham, Chelsea, Celtic, West Ham United, Everton, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in crossing the Atlantic to take part.