The MLS All-Star Team proved no match for Atlético de Madrid in the 2019 MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday, as the La Liga club defeated them 3-0 courtesy of goals from Marcos Llorente, Joao Felix and Diego Costa.
LAFC stars Carlos Vela and Walker Zimmerman started for the All-Star Team, Vela the captain of the All-Stars for the second year. Zimmerman was mic’ed up on the FS1 broadcast, and was asked to talk during the game, where he was...out of breath throughout, if still coherent. Understandable, running while talking is no joke.
Vela and Zimmerman made way at halftime, neither doing a whole lot as the All-Stars were a bit out of whack, no surprise for a team that has never played together.
The other two LAFC representatives, Mark-Anthony Kaye and Diego Rossi, came on for the the second half. Kaye was playing in his secondary position of left back, and he linked up with Rossi on the left flank almost as soon as the game restarted. Moments later, Rossi’s volley blast just missed the goal, instead going into the side netting.
ROSSI— LAFC (@LAFC) August 1, 2019
Nearly the equalizer. #LAFC | #MLSAllStar pic.twitter.com/orui9Wngxn
Wasn’t much else of note for Rossi, who left the game in 73rd minute. Kaye played until the final whistle.
Truthfully, All-Star Games tend to be hard to watch, this was a bit harder than even the usual. The game was delayed nearly an hour by lightning and thunderstorms around the stadium, and aside from the Orlando fans clearly shouting obscenities at anything in their sight, there wasn’t much in terms of atmosphere, at least being picked up on the broadcast.
But hopefully LAFC’s four representatives came out of this totally healthy, and they’ll reunite with the rest of the black-and-gold for the club’s game on Saturday against the New England Revolution in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
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