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5 Takeaways From 2014 MLS All-Star Game

5 Takeaways From 2014 MLS All-Star Game

2014 MLS All-Star Game
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MLS All-Star game has been going on since the beginning, but it wasn’t until 2003 that it began being played against top foreign clubs instead of putting the conferences against each other. This year MLS took on Bayern Munich in an excellent match. MLS came out on top and in the process reminded fans of the following five things.

5. The U.S. Loves Julian Green

Julian Green 2014 MLS All-Star Game
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5. The U.S. Loves Julian Green

Julian Green 2014 MLS All-Star Game
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One of the most controversial decisions of the World Cup for the USMNT was the including Julian Green in the 23-man squad and subsequently excluding Landon Donovan. However, Green made quite the impact, because he was greeted by cheers when he was subbed into the match.

4. Nick Rimando Is a Fantastic Goalkeeper

Nick Rimando 2014 MLS All-Star Game
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4. Nick Rimando Is a Fantastic Goalkeeper

Nick Rimando 2014 MLS All-Star Game
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Nick Rimando was a fantastic goalkeeper during the match, being able to save goals from some of the world’s best players. If Tim Howard retires before the next World Cup, the USMNT will be left in good hands.

3. There Are No Friendlies In Soccer

Osvaldo Alonso 2014 MLS All-Star Game
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3. There Are No Friendlies In Soccer

Osvaldo Alonso 2014 MLS All-Star Game
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Osvaldo Alonso told MLS.com: “We knew it was as friendly, but in soccer there are no friendlies. We know they were in preseason, but we wanted to win.” MLS played rough against Bayern Munich, but they won. The players do whatever it takes to prove their worth.

2. Landon Donovan’s Legacy Will Last

Landon Donovan 2014 MLS All-Star Game
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2. Landon Donovan’s Legacy Will Last

Landon Donovan 2014 MLS All-Star Game
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Landon Donovan made an incredible match-winning goal and won the MVP of the game. It was his last All-Star game, and he has left quite the impression.

1. MLS’ Best Players Can Compete With Anyone

MLS Wins 2014 All-Star Game
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1. MLS’ Best Players Can Compete With Anyone

MLS Wins 2014 All-Star Game
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MLS is often the butt of everyone’s jokes, but the league still has some of the best players in the world. These players can take on clubs and win as they did during the All-Star game.