- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On March 11, 2008
- 4 Comments
It may be time for my yearly rant about the MLS All-Star game format. I just saw this post on the Offside Rules about the MLS possibly facing West Ham United in this summer’s event up in Toronto.
A little birdy from ESPN named Kristian Dyer tells me that MLS is close to announcing that the opponent for the 2008 MLS All Star Game will be English Premier League club West Ham.
Really? West Ham? Really? I’m not knocking the Hammers or anything here but honestly, is that the best the MLS can serve up this summer? West Ham?
I honestly hate the MLS All-Star game format, and probably always will until the game is not played or it goes back to a more traditional All-Star format (east v. west, north v. south, etc.). I’ve always seen it as a waste of time more than anything really. But its about as American as the league can get really. Puts more cash in the pockets of the already rich.
It was rumored for a while that the league would probably face Liverpool, which would have been great but from what I’ve hear and then from reading the link above, Liverpool didn’t want to commit to a game until after the EPL season. Fair for the league to pass on them in that case.
West Ham does have an American in Jonathan Spector so that should get some people excited. I’m more eager to see Swedish international Freddie Ljungberg.
So what do you all make of this news? Could the league have done better? Or worse? Should the format change or remain the same?