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Select XI Fixtures

As our players prepare to take on the MLS All-Stars team in Colorado on Wednesday night, Andy Greeves takes a look at other representative sides we have faced overseas.

Celebrations among the MLS All-Stars team in 2014 in their match against Bayern Munich.

Major League Soccer’s All-Stars game has been held annually since 1996. Originally a fixture that saw teams from the East and West Coasts of America locking horns, the 2003 edition saw a ‘guest’ side for the first time as Mexican club Guadalajara were beaten 3-1 by an MLS All-Stars team in Carson, California on August 2, 2003. The Premier League has supplied a number of opponents for the annual showpiece since including Chelsea, Everton, Manchester United and Fulham while Italian club Roma and German giants Bayern Munich took part in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

In 2015, it is our turn to compete in the MLS All-Stars game for the first time.

We are no strangers to being the guest team to take on a ‘representative’ XI on foreign soil, be it a side made up of players from a particular town, country or region or those from a particular football league, as is the case with the MLS All-Stars.

Looking through the history books, it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish a representative team from a club or national side, for example. It would appear however that our earliest match-ups with a representative XI on foreign soil occurred during our South American tour of 1909. We hammered a Uruguayan League XI 8-0 on June 10, 1909, in Montevideo and then won 4-1 against ‘Liga Argentina’ in Palermo six days later.

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