Just a block from where the Declaration of Independence was adopted, members of the 2012 MLS All Star Team and Chelsea FC met to face reporters ahead of tonight’s match.
If bringing an English team together with the All Stars of America’s league so close to the site of where our independence from England was forged was a bit of intentional irony, bravo Major League Soccer staffers.
The giant MLS All Star soccer ball sat atop the Independence Visitors Center as part of its latest stop around the city of Philadelphia.
Roberto Di Matteo, Mikel Obi, and Frank Lampard field questions. Lampard was quick to dismiss any conclusions being drawn about his recent presence in Los Angeles being related to any potential move to Major League Soccer.
MLS All Star Coach makes a very brief statement to kick off their portion of the press conference. There were plenty of questions for Henry about Arsenal, a potential return for him, and other drama happening at the club. Donovan and De Rosario reflected on having been in so many All Star Games, with Donovan saying that the current format versus a European team excites him more as a player than the old East vs. West format.
Players from both teams come together to sign the giant ball, as did I post-press conference!