to face MLS All-Star team in California in July
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[February 12, 2016]
(Reuters) - English Premier League
(EPL) giants Arsenal will face the best of Major League Soccer in the
MLS All-Star game in San Jose, California this summer, MLS announced on
The match will be held at the Avaya Stadium on July 28.
Arsenal are currently in contention for the EPL title, five points
behind leaders Leicester with 13 games remaining.
The Gunners team, managed by Arsene Wenger, includes global stars
such as Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez, German attacking midfielder
Mesut Ozil and Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech.
Arsenal's participation will continue the tradition of the MLS
All-Stars facing famous international clubs.
Though the match is billed as a friendly, it can be a serious
contest as the MLS players seek to make a mark against famous
Two years ago, the All-Star team faced Bayern Munich, whose manager
Pep Guardiola refused to shake hands with MLS coach Caleb Porter at
the end of the contest, instead wagging his index finger at his
Guardiola was upset by a couple of clattering tackles All-Star
players made on Xherdan Shaqiri and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
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Arsenal, after playing the All-Stars, will travel to the Los Angeles
area to meet Mexican side Chivas de Guadalajara at the StubHub
Center on July 31.
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Mark
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