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Missing a spark from Chivas USA players, MLS All-Stars lose 3-1 to Roma

What might have been if just one Chivas USA player featured at Sporting Park?

Without a Chivas representative, it just wasn't the same.
Without a Chivas representative, it just wasn't the same.
Jamie Squire

The best of MLS met up Wednesday night in Kansas City, as the annual All-Star Game took place between the 2013 MLS All-Stars and Italian giants AS Roma. Without a single Chivas USA player making all the difference, the hosts lost 3-1, with LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez nabbing a consolation goal for the All-Stars in the game's dying seconds. Meanwhile, for Roma goals from Kevin Strootman, Alessandro Florenzi, and Junior Tallo gave them the margin needed for victory.

Including the inactive All-Stars, who were named Wednesday, Chivas USA did not have any All-Stars in 2013, for the first time since 2005.

You will recall that last year's All-Stars, featuring Dan Kennedy in goal in the second half, managed to beat Chelsea, then the reigning European champions. DK didn't win MVP of the game, but let's face it, he was pretty incredible.

When asked about the match after the game, Roma star Francesco Totti said via a translator: "I was told this game would be hard. Some kind of Goat would be here, but as I asked around 'Who are the Goats?' I was told none of them were in the City of Kansas."*

Despite the terrible first half season record from Chivas USA, the reputation of the Amerigoats is evidently known all the way in the Eternal City. Based on the result, it looks like the fans, All-Star coach Peter Vermes, and MLS Commissioner Don Garber made a huge mistake in failing to select a Chivas player this time around.

*I made that quote up, you guys.

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