Previous
Juventus
Malmo FF
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Olympiakos
Atletico Madrid
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Liverpool
Ludogorets Razgrad
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Real Madrid
FC Basel
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
AS Monaco
Bayer Leverkusen
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Benfica
Zenit St Petersburg
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Borussia Dortmund
Arsenal
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Galatasaray
Anderlecht
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
AFC Bournemouth
Leeds United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Birmingham City
Sheffield Wednesday
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Blackpool
Watford
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Brentford
Norwich City
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Cardiff City
Middlesbrough
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Charlton Athletic
Wolverhampton Wanderers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Huddersfield Town
Wigan Athletic
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Ipswich Town
Brighton & Hove Albion
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Bolton Wanderers
Rotherham United
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Reading
Millwall
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Colchester United
Sheffield United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Doncaster Rovers
Crawley Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Gillingham
Peterborough United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Milton Keynes Dons
Bradford City
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Notts County
Leyton Orient
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Port Vale
Bristol City
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Preston North End
Chesterfield
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Rochdale
Walsall
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Scunthorpe United
Coventry City
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Swindon Town
Oldham Athletic
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Yeovil Town
Crewe Alexandra
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
AFC Wimbledon
Burton Albion
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Bury
Stevenage
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Cambridge United
Exeter City
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Cheltenham Town
Southend United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Mansfield Town
Morecambe
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Northampton Town
Hartlepool United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Oxford United
Accrington Stanley
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Plymouth Argyle
Wycombe Wanderers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Portsmouth
Dagenham & Redbridge
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Shrewsbury Town
Carlisle United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Tranmere Rovers
Newport County
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
York City
Luton Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Aldershot Town
Braintree Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Alfreton Town
AFC Telford United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Bristol Rovers
Nuneaton Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Chester City
Southport
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Dartford
Dover
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Eastleigh
Forest Green Rovers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Halifax
Grimsby Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Kidderminster Harriers
Altrincham
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Macclesfield Town
Gateshead
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Torquay United
Woking
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Welling
Lincoln City
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Barnet
Wrexham
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Rangers
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Waterhouse
DC United
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Cruz Azul
Chorrillo FC
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Portland Timbers
Olimpia
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Estudiantes La Plata
Gimnasia La Plata
10:00 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 0
Game Details
Independiente Terán
Cerro Porteño
10:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Deportivo Capiatá
Caracas F.C.
12:15 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Peñarol
Deportivo Cali
12:30 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Guadalajara
Tijuana
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Mérida
Atlante
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Puebla
Morelia
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Celaya
Necaxa
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Coras Tepic
Zacatepec
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Dorados de Sinaloa
Mineros de Zacatecas
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Monterrey
Santos
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Toluca
UNAM
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
América Mineiro
Bragantino
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Avaí
Sampaio Correa-MA
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Goianiense
América RN
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Náutico
Joinville
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Paraná Clube
Ceará
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Portuguesa de Desportos
Boa MG
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
ABC
AA Ponte Preta
12:50 AM GMT
Game Details
Icasa
Vila Nova-GO
12:50 AM GMT
Game Details
Luverdense
Santa Cruz FC
12:50 AM GMT
Game Details
Oeste
CR Vasco da Gama
12:50 AM GMT
Game Details
Al Hilal
Al-Ain
0
0
LIVE 45'
Leg 1
Game Details
Bidvest Wits
Amazulu
Postp
Game Details
Kaizer Chiefs
Maritzburg Utd
Postp
Game Details
Next
Jul 25, 2008

All-Stars show off star power against West Ham

TORONTO -- Most of the flashbulbs and publicity heading into Thursday night's MLS All-Star match centered around David Beckham, but another high-profile player stole the show on a night when the league's star power was stronger than it has ever been.

Cuauhtemoc Blanco usually does a good job of playing the villain outside of Mexico, and most recently outside of Chicago, but on Thursday night he was the hero, delivering a brilliant pass to set up a Christian Gomez goal and scoring his own jaw-dropping goal to help the MLS All-Stars top West Ham United 3-2 in the MLS All-Star Game.

Blanco's performance, along with the overall abundance of talent and skill on display, made this year's MLS All-Star team easily the most talented in the history of the All-Star Game. How deep was the squad? Consider that Landon Donovan and Juan Pablo Angel came off the bench for the MLS team.

"This year's team is probably the best we've put together," said New England midfielder Shalrie Joseph, who played in his fifth straight All-Star Game. "Fans got their money's worth. From Blanco's back-heel to Beckham crosses, to Landon running past people, I think it's one of the most enjoyable games we've seen."

While the disclaimers must be added -- West Ham is in its preseason and didn't have several top players -- the MLS All-Stars still did deliver the most entertaining and skillful performance in the history of the event.

Blanco led the way, providing 45 minutes of skill that helped create the MLS team's first two goals and earned him game MVP honors. It was his first MLS All-Star Game, and Blanco's performance won over the crowd at BMO Field.

"He's such a special player," FC Dallas forward Kenny Cooper said of Blanco. "He sees things and does things that you don't see other people do. He does the unexpected and makes beautiful plays and scores beautiful goals like he did tonight."

"He wasn't as much of a villain as he usually is," Kansas City defender Jimmy Conrad said of Blanco. "He's so good at drawing in the crowd. He's a great player."

Blanco was not alone in delivering brilliant play and showing off the improved talent level in MLS. Dwayne De Rosario came off the bench and gave an inspired 31 minutes to his hometown fans, drawing a penalty and converting the match-winning penalty kick.

Then there was Shalrie Joseph, who quietly played a flawless and impressive match in central midfield, giving MLS a rock in the middle of the park that West Ham had no answer for.

You could also argue that the star of the night was the crowd at BMO Field, which provided energy and atmosphere like we have never seen in a MLS All-Star game, an atmosphere that led West Ham United forward Dean Ashton to say that it felt like it could have been any ground in the English Premier League.

No, the result against West Ham doesn't bring credibility to MLS as much as the match itself gave the league a chance to show off the talent it has been able to compile in recent years. There has never been a better endorsement for the designated-player rule than Thursday's match, with Blanco dazzling, Beckham drawing the crowd and Juan Pablo Angel scoring a beautiful goal (that was incorrectly ruled offside).

There also has never been better evidence of how much more talent is in MLS. The league still needs to loosen its purse strings and consider giving teams a second designated-player slot beginning in 2009, but this year's All-Star Game gave us a glimpse of just how much stronger MLS is today.

Player ratings (scale of 1-10)

Kenny Cooper, 5 -- Active for 45 minutes, Cooper moved around well but failed to create any quality chances.

Cuauhtemoc Blanco, 8 -- Star of the show with stunning assist and beautiful curling shot for a goal.

Christian Gomez, 7 -- Struggled to get involved early, but made a beautiful run and delivered perfect finish for first MLS goal.

Juan Toja, 4.5 -- The Colombian, in his last MLS match before his move to Steaua Bucharest, failed to offer much of a threat on the left side.

Shalrie Joseph, 8 -- A rock in central midfield, Joseph was pure class for 90 minutes, cleaning up anything that came near him.

David Beckham, 6.5 -- Wowed the crowd with some sharp crosses and nifty moves, but he fell short of delivering a goal.

Jonathan Bornstein, 7 -- A consistent threat on the left flank throughout, showing the form that made him a U.S. national team regular before injuries sidelined him.

Jimmy Conrad, 6.5 -- Did well to hold up against tough West Ham forwards Dean Ashton and Carlton Cole. Was unlucky to have West Ham's second goal come off his head.

Pablo Mastroeni, 6 -- Held up well playing in central defense instead of his usual defensive midfield.

Matt Reis, 6 -- Made some strong plays and was his usual steady self.

Juan Pablo Angel, 6.5 -- Delivered a sharp pass to set up the game-winning PK and also had a brilliant goal incorrectly ruled offside.

Landon Donovan, 5.5 -- Provided an element of speed that unsettled West Ham defenders, but failed to produce any dangerous chances.

Frankie Hejduk, 3 -- Worst player on the field, Hejduk's touch was off and positioning a mess.

Dwayne DeRosario, 7 -- Drew and converted the game-winning penalty kick and provided an impressive 31 minutes of action just a day after playing 90 minutes at D.C. United on Wednesday night.

Jim Brennan, 5 -- Crowd called for him all day but he didn't do too much once he did come into the match.

Pat Onstad, 5 -- Not called on to do much in his 20 minutes of action.

Steve Ralston, N/A -- Played just two minutes.

Edson Buddle, N/A -- Like Ralston, played only two minutes.

Ives Galarcep covers MLS for ESPNsoccernet. He also writes a blog, Soccer By Ives and can be reached at Ivespn79@aol.com.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.