The MLS All-Star team will look to extend their winning streak after victories over Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 last year and a 2-1 win over Bayern Munich in 2014 when they take on Arsenal from the English Premier League. Arsenal are coming off a second place finish last season and are in preseason form preparing for their opening match on August 14th when they host Liverpool to kick off the season.
As per MLS tradition, the host team head coach will coach the All-Star team. Thus Dominic Kinnear is tasked with leading the squad and has the delicate task of allocating minutes in an All-Star game.
Arsenal will feature US Youth International Gedion Zelalem. The 19 year old spent last season on loan in Scotland to Rangers, playing in the Scottish second division for the year. Zelalem will assess this upcoming season's plans after Arsenal's US tour has concluded, look for another loan for the youngster to continue earning playing time.
After the match, Arsenal will stay in California and head to Carson for their next game where they play Chivas de Guadalajara on Sunday in the Home Depot Center.
How to Watch:
MLS All-Stars v Arsenal
Thursday, 4:30 PM
Location: Avaya Stadium, San Jose, California
TV: ESPN & UniMas
Streaming: Watch ESPN & Univision Deportes
Goalkeepers: David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union)
Defenders: Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact), Andrew Farrell (New England Revolution), Liam Ridgewell (Portland Timbers), Keegan Rosenberry (Philadelphia Union), Brandon Vincent (Chicago Fire), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Mauro Diaz (FC Dallas), Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), Kaká (Orlando City), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Andrea Pirlo (New York City FC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
Forwards: Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Didier Drogba (Montreal Impact), Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), Cyle Larin (Orlando City), Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact), David Villa (New York City FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Goalkeepers: Petr Cech, Emiliano Martinez, David Ospina
Defenders: Hector Bellerin, Krystian Bielik, Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs, Rob Holding, Nacho Monreal
Midfielders: Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Chris Willock, Jack Wilshere, Granit Xhaka, Gedion Zelalem
Forwards: Chuba Akpom, Joel Campbell, Alex Iwobi, Theo Walcott