The MLS All-Star Game is only three weeks away! Held annually against a top international club, this years game will be played on July 31 at Sporting Park in Kansas City. Fan voting has already concluded for the first ten spots in the All-Star starting lineup or “Fan XI”. The MLS talent will face off against Italian Serie A opponent AS Roma and American midfielder Michael Bradley. Roma finished sixth in the league standings last season and made it to the semifinals of the the Coppa Italia.
The Fan XI is highlighted by legendary French forward Thierry Henry of the Red Bulls and leading goal-scorer Mike Magee of the Fire. Host Sporting KC has the most representatives, with three players voted in by the fans. The final spot in the Fan XI will be decided by the fans not from direct voting, but by video game play. In a new twist, FIFA 13 will determine the final starting spot with the AT&T MLS All-Star “In the Game” Challenge. The Challenge, which ended today, awarded one point to any player who was used to score a goal in FIFA 13. The player with the most points, who is yet to be announced, will take the final spot.
Check out our infographic below on MLS ticket prices from the beginning of the season in March. Since March, the average price the All-Star Game has dropped 26% to $164. Get-in price for the match is now $52. For regular season tickets, the average has risen 17% to $54 since March. Despite a 2-8-7 record, Toronto FC has now has the most expensive tickets in the league, followed by the Portland Timbers and Sporting KC. The Timber were announced today as the hosts of the 2014 MLS All-Star game, so expect next year’s tickets to be similarly priced. The Chicago Fire remain the least expensive club in MLS.
Here are the first ten All-Stars voted to the Fan XI:
|GK||Raul Fernández||FC Dallas|
|DF||Matt Besler||Sporting Kansas City|
|DF||Aurélien Collin||Sporting Kansas City|
|DF||Omar Gonzalez||LA Galaxy|
|MF||Brad Davis||Houston Dynamo|
|MF||Will Johnson||Portland Timbers|
|MF||Mike Magee||Chicago Fire|
|MF||Graham Zusi||Sporting Kansas City|
|FW||Thierry Henry||New York Red Bulls|
|FW||Chris Wondolowski||San Jose Earthquakes|