Orlando City Captain Kaká Selected To Play In MLS All-Star Game July 28 In San Jose
By Orlando City Soccer // July 11, 2016
MLS to face one of EPL's best in Arsenal
ABOVE VIDEO: Ricardo Kaká earns the MVP award in his Major League Soccer All Star debut. Kaka notched a goal and an assist in the 2-1 win against the English Premier League club, Tottenham Hotspur last July at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver. (FS1 Video)
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – Orlando City captain Kaká has been named to the 2016 AT&T Major League Soccer (MLS) All-Star Game as a Fan XI selection, joining a group of world-class international stars and U.S. national team standouts.
“I’m very happy to be part of this team. Last year I had a very great time playing in the All-Star game against Tottenham,” Kaká said.
“This year we get to play against Arsenal. It will be awesome again because it’s a very good team. I want to thank everybody who voted for me to be a part of this team.”
This is Kaká’s second MLS All-Star selection after being named captain of the MLS All-Stars for last year’s game against English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.
The Brazilian superstar scored a goal and registered one assist en route to MLS All-Star Most Valuable Player honors. The 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year has started nine games for the Lions this season, scoring three goals while leading the team with five assists.
Based in London, England, Arsenal is one of the Premier League’s biggest clubs, having won 12 FA Cups and 13 League titles. Most recently, the Gunners finished second in the Premier League.
Joining the Lions’ captain will be joining reigning MLS MVP Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Ivorian star Didier Drogba (Montreal Impact), as well as U.S. men’s national team players Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City) and Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers) as Fan XI selections.
Fans voted for 10 of the 11 players on the Fan XI at MLSsoccer.com or via social media.
The 11th player, NYCFC striker David Villa, was selected through the AT&T/EA SPORTS™ MLS All-Star ‘More Than A Vote’ tournament, in which the forward with whom fans score the most goals on EA SPORTS FIFA is named to the team.
The 2016 AT&T MLS All-Star Roster will be announced on Sunday, July 17, by San Jose Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear, who will also be coaching the MLS All-Stars.
The MLS All-Stars will face English Premier League side Arsenal FC on Thursday, July 28, at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif., and will be broadcast live live on ESPN, UniMás, UDN, TSN, and RDS.
2016 MLS All-Star Fan XI
Goalkeeper: Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union)
Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact), Keegan Rosenberry (Philadelphia Union)
Midfielders: Kaká (Orlando City SC), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers),Andrea Pirlo (New York City FC), Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy),
Forwards: Didier Drogba (Montreal Impact), Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), David Villa (New York City FC – AT&T/EA SPORTS “More Than a Vote” Challenge)
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