2003 MLS All-Star Game

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MLS All-Star Game 2003
2003 MLS All-Star Game logo.png
Event 2003 Major League Soccer season
Date August 2, 2003
Venue The Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Man of the Match Carlos Ruiz (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Referee Kevin Terry
Attendance 27,000
Weather Clear, 81°F
MLS All-Star 2003
Half 1 2 Total
CD Guadalajara 0 1 1
MLS All-Stars 0 3 3
Goal(s) MLS: Ante Razov 57'
CDJ: Jair Garcia 66'
MLS: Carlos Ruiz 68'
MLS: DaMarcus Beasley 83'
TV in the United States
Network ABC

The 2003 Major League Soccer All-Star Game was the 8th Major League Soccer All-Star Game, played on August 2, 2003 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. The All-Star Game celebrated both the opening of the league's second soccer-specific stadium that season, as well as the announcement of the league's expansion with an eleventh team purchased by the owners of Mexico's Club Deportivo Guadalajara. Then-MetroStars head coach Bob Bradley was tapped to lead the MLS All-Stars against Guadalajara, commonly known as Chivas, and led by their head coach, Eduardo de la Torre.

A scoreless first half was marked by a defensive effort for the All-Stars. The Los Angeles Galaxy's Kevin Hartman made several key saves, while a backline led by Carlos Bocanegra of the Chicago Fire weathered a persistent Chivas attack. The Fire's Ante Razov scored the first goal in the second half thanks in part to a feed by the San Jose Earthquakes' Landon Donovan past a beaten Oswaldo Sánchez. Jair Garcia broke away from the defense and beat Hartman to tie the game, but the All-Stars responded shortly thereafter with the eventual-game winner by the Galaxy's Carlos Ruiz. The Fire's DaMarcus Beasley tipped in the All-Stars' third goal, which Chivas contested because of an assistant referee's offside call, which was waved off by Kevin Terry. A sellout crowd at The Home Depot Center celebrated the win, as well as the awarding of MVP to local favorite Carlos Ruiz.

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