On Wednesday night it was a stormy day in the windy city, a big day for the MLS All-Stars vs the Spanish Giants Real Madrid which may not have had the ending expected by MLS fans, but definitely, a match to watch. A sellout crowd in the soldier field with 61,428 fans coming out to support the match, being the largest attendance in the soldier field for a soccer match. It being a match not long enough for those fans wishing the day hadn’t come to an end. Sadly the day ended too soon for Atlanta United defender Greg Garza, who left the game in the 3rd minute of play with a shoulder injury. He was replaced by Houston Dynamo defender and former Chicago Fire player Demarcus Beasley, a player who left many people surprised on how he ended up on the all-star team. Beasley was not the only person many people were upset about, but also Stefan Frei. MLS fans would agree that Philadelphia Union goalkeeper, Andre Blake should have taken Frei’s spot or even Sporting KC goalkeeper Melia.

 

All-Star coach Veljko Paunovic started with one of his best attacks, which in the end didn’t go in his favor. With Zinedine Zidane playing his best team 2nd half, subbing in Karim Benzema, Casemiro, Kovacic, Carvajal, Gareth Bale and Marcelo which made a big threat to the All-Stars defense. Real Madrid made their mark in the 59th minute of play, scored by forward Borja Moyoral which will later be announced man of the match. MLS All-Stars forward Dom Dwyer equalized the score in the 87th minute. Gareth Bale had many chances to take the game from there on, but none ended up in the back of the net. At the end, Real Madrid ended up winning the match on penalties after a hard fought match against MLS.

 

So was this a good performance by the MLS? Was this the best team Pauno could have put together? Well, yes and no. Many people tend to forget that MLS players have less than a week to train with players who throughout the season fought against each other, and play together against the best club in the world. Real Madrid has the best players in the world play against the best players in the United States. Also, I personally don’t believe this was the best possible team Pauno could have brought together, let alone not calling up his own player David Accam. However, for someone who was there in person, this was one of the best performances by the MLS players to witness. Win or lose, at the end of the day MLS proved themselves to not only the fans, but to the world that they will continue to grow and improve.

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