The annual MLS All-Star game will be taking place this Wednesday, July 29 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver, Colorado as the MLS squad will be taking on Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League. The MLS team will be gunning for their second consecutive win in All Star games against an international club as they downed Bayern Munich if the German Bundesliga 2-1 last season. It was also the league’s seventh win in All-Star matches.
Soccer Betting Preview – MLS All-Stars vs Tottenham Hotspur
- bet365 has the MLS All-Stars favoured slightly to win this match at 13/10 with Tottenham 6/4 and a 90-minute draw at 12/5
The MLS head coach is Pablo Mastroeni of the Colorado Rapids, who played in the 2007 All-Star showdown. The MLS team has been successful against Premier League opposition in the past with a 4-2-1 mark against West Ham, Manchester United, Fulham, Everton and Chelsea. They’ll be up against a decent Tottenham side which finished in fifth place in the 2014/15 Premier League standings. This season’s MLS team is one of the most talented ever.
The MLS squad includes star players such as David Villa of New York City FC, Michael Bradley and Sebastian Giovonco of Toronto FC, Kaká of Orlando City, Robbie Keane of the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Seattle Sounders’ Clint Dempsey. Both Keane and Dempsey formerly played in England with Spurs. In fact, Irish international striker Keane is still ranked at number 10 on Tottenham’s all-time scoring list with 122 goals. Keane appeared in 303 contests with Spurs and lead the team in scoring in four seasons.
After spending several years with Fulham, Dempsey spent just one campaign with Tottenham and scored seven times in 29 matches. He then joined the Sounders during the summer of 2013. Spurs have had a low-key preseason schedule with several friendly games in England before heading over to America. Some of the key players scheduled to appear in Colorado include English international striker Harry Kane, Belgian international midfielder Jan Vertonghen, French international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and Danish international playmaker Christian Eriksen.
The full MLS All-Star squad is as follows:
- Goalkeepers (2): David Ousted (Vancouver Whitecaps), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
- Defenders (8): DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders), Drew Moor (Colorado Rapids), Chris Tierney (New England Revolution)
- Midfielders (7): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Fabian Castillo (FC Dallas), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Steven Gerrard (LA Galaxy), Kaká (Orlando City SC), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
- Forwards (5): Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), Kei Kamara (Columbus Crew SC), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), David Villa (New York City FC)
Tottenham has made a few changes to its squad since the end of last season as Kevin Wimmer was brought in from German team Cologne, Kieran Trippier was acquired from fellow Premier League side Burnley and Toby Alderweireld was brought in from Spain’s Atletico Madrid. Players who have left permanently or on loan include Paulinho, Lewis Holtby, Jordan Archer, Alex McQueen, Etienne Capoue, Grant Ward, Younes Kaboul, Benjamin Stambouli and Cristian Ceballos.
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