Why The MLS All-Star Game Is An Embarrassment to American Soccer

William BoorCorrespondent IJuly 26, 2010

HOUSTON - APRIL 17:  A banner showing the 2010 MLS All-Star game to be held in Houston is brought onto the field at Robertson Stadium on April 17, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Just over a month ago, the United States men’s national soccer team won their world cup group for the first time since 1930 and the popularity of American soccer was skyrocketing as fans finally saw a team that not only competed on the national stage, but had realistic opportunities to win.

While it's great that soccer is slowly gaining popularity, American fans should be embarrassed with the way the All-Star game is played.

After the MLS All-Stars take on Manchester United, they will have taken on a team from a different part of the world for seven of the past eight years. I understand it is exciting to watch different teams play, but it is disheartening to see that the U.S needs a team of All-Stars to compete with a regular team from another part of the world.

The MLS All-Stars are 5-0 against the foreign teams; they also tied Everton last year.

The MLS All-Star game should go back to the East vs. West format which was abandoned in 2001, but briefly brought back in 2004. An All-Star game should showcase the best players in the league against each other.

If MLS wants to show how its stars do against the best from other parts of the world, they should play against another All-Star team, and not against a regular season team.

Manchester United, one of the most recognizable soccer teams in the world, will take on the MLS All-Stars Wednesday at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Manchester United finished second in the English Premier League a year ago and is currently 2-1. The lone loss came Sunday to the Kansas City Wizards of MLS.

If the U.S were to lose to Manchester United, it would be sad to have to admit that our All-Stars, the best players we have to offer, cannot beat an English team. If the All-Stars win, Americans will have to say that it took a collection of All-Stars just to beat an English Premier League team.

The MLS All-Star game is a lose-lose situation.