All-Star Game Preview

All-Star Game Preview

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 24, 2008
  • 2 Comments
  • MLS All-Star Game, West Ham United

APFirst off sorry for the long delay in posting anything today. No excuse other than laziness on my part for getting around to things today. Plus its been rather slow on the news front anyways in the league. I may dive back into some expansion discussion today, as that seemed to be the hot button issue yesterday during MLS Commissioner Don Garber’s address to the media. Told ya we wouldn’t get any actual news until later on this year…sometimes it’s good to listen to WVH.

Anyways, on to tonight’s contest. The MLS All-Stars host West Ham United as we all know by now. The Hammers seem like a quality side (not a great one though) going through their preseason shindigs. Its always tough for a club in preseason mode to turn it up a notch in a friendly like this against a group of guys that are well into mid-season form.

I think this will be a competitive match though. But the big question I am curious to see filled is how West Ham will respond to playing on the FieldTurf at BMO Field. I know that has been a topic of discussion this week and I think it will play a factor in tonight’s contest.

The Hammers will put up a fight but I see the MLS All-Stars coming out on top here. I think the lineup will be too much in terms of star power for West Ham to over come. I said they are good but I just think the collective group of All-Stars will be just a little bit better tonight.

It will be tight, with a lot of quality play in the midfield. I see Juan Pablo Angel scoring again in a starting role for the All-Stars. I also think a guy like Jim Brennan or Jimmy Conrad may get forward and surprise West Ham a bit on a set piece.

WVH Prediction: MLS All-Stars 2, West Ham 1

  • Americandust

    Beckham and Blanco on a team together will be nice to see. Donovan being free to go forward and not worry too much about having a pathetic defense will be a nice change too.<br />
    Shame the DC and Houstan players won't be able to play though! Ching could have been useful. Would have loved to see what Olympian Kjlestian could do when he wasn't carrying a midfield by himself too!

  • Beckham and Blanco on a team together will be nice to see. Donovan being free to go forward and not worry too much about having a pathetic defense will be a nice change too.
    Shame the DC and Houstan players won’t be able to play though! Ching could have been useful. Would have loved to see what Olympian Kjlestian could do when he wasn’t carrying a midfield by himself too!