The Major League Soccer All-Star Game featured one team of All-Stars from MLS against Chelsea, the reigning champions of the English Premier League, and, thanks to their insane payroll, kinda like a World All-Star team. The MLS team won, 1-0. Here are two sides of the story. First, Dwayne De Rosario of the Houston Dynamo:
"It's huge. The whole world is watching this game. A lot of people had doubts, probably thought we were going to get spanked. I think we opened a lot of eyes and showed what kind of soccer we have in America."
And for an alternate take on the situation, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho:
"Without legs, it's very difficult to play football. My players were without legs. For me this was a training session against other players. And no more than that."
Well, thanks a lot, you dirty parade-raining son of a bitch. Couldn't even let us have our moment? We can't get a "Congratulations, you played well" out of you? Is that asking too much? Just humor us. I don't think that's asking too much. All I really want is to get a harrumph out of that guy.
To give you an idea of how much this means in a global sense, news of the game, as of late last night, did not appear anywhere on the ESPN Soccernet home page, or on the homepage of football365.com. Mike Cardillo of That's On Point gives it similar treatment. Visit MLSnet.com, however, and you see the above picture, as well as tales of our great accomplishment.