2008 MLS All-Star Game

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2008 MLS All-Star Game
2008 MLS All-Star Game logo.png
EventMLS All-Stars
DateJuly 24, 2008
VenueBMO Field
Toronto, Ontario
Man of the MatchCuauhtémoc Blanco (Chicago Fire)
WeatherPartly cloudy, 72 °F (22 °C)

The 2008 Major League Soccer All-Star Game was the 13th annual MLS All-Star Game. The MLS All-Stars faced West Ham United of the English Premier League.[1] The game was played on July 24, 2008, with the MLS winning 3–2. New England Revolution coach Steve Nicol coached the All-Stars.[2] The motto for the 2008 MLS All-Star Game is "Major League Soccer Takes on the World." Chicago Fire's Cuauhtémoc Blanco was named MVP.[3]

Toronto FC named host[edit]

MLS Commissioner Don Garber awarded the 2008 All-Star Game to Toronto, Ontario in 2007 on the eve of the 2007 MLS All-Star Game. The game was played in the new soccer-specific stadium, BMO Field and was the first MLS All-Star Game held in Canada. BMO Field is home to the MLS' 13th franchise, Toronto FC.[4]

West Ham United[edit]

On April 4, 2008, the Major League Soccer website announced that Premier League club West Ham United would be the fifth international opponent for the marquee event. Founded in 1895, the east London club was originally called Thames Ironworks FC but switched to West Ham United five years later and has been playing at the Boleyn Ground since 1904. West Ham has forged a reputation of cultivating some of the England's top players, such as Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick, Rio Ferdinand, and Joe Cole, giving rise to its frequent reference as The Academy of Football.[6]

MLS All-Stars[edit]


Major League Soccer released an official ballot to decide the players called to represent the league in the All-Star game. A four-tier voting system determined the First XI players selected for the game. The online fan balloting program comprised 25% of the total vote, with coaches and general managers (25%), players (25%), and media (25%) combining for the remaining 75% percent of the vote. The combined vote of the four groups determined the MLS First XI.[7]

2008 All-Star Game Squads[edit]

Major League Soccer[edit]

Major League Soccer and Toronto FC, hosts of the 2008 Pepsi MLS All-Star Game, unveiled the MLS All-Star First XI in a press conference aired live exclusively on MLSnet.com from BMO Field on Thursday, July 10 at 11 am ET.[8] In addition to the First XI, Commissioner Don Garber picked two more players for the All-Star team, and coach Steve Nicol received five picks on July 15, 2008.[9]

After the U.S. U-23 Olympic Team roster was announced, three additional picks were awarded to Steve Nicol on Thursday, July 17 to replace Michael Parkhurst, Sacha Kljestan, and Robbie Rogers. The additions included 2006 MLS Rookie of the Year Jonathan Bornstein, veteran Steve Ralston, and Colombian Juan Toja, who scored a goal in last year's All-Star Game.[10]

As of July 19, 2008. Players in bold denotes First XI status.[11] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Matt Reis
2 United States DF Frankie Hejduk
5 Argentina MF Christian Gómez ~
7 United States MF Steve Ralston ~[10]
8 Colombia MF Juan Toja ~[10]
9 Colombia FW Juan Pablo Ángel ~
10 United States FW Landon Donovan
11 Canada DF Jim Brennan ~
12 United States DF Jimmy Conrad
13 United States DF Jonathan Bornstein ~[10]
14 Canada MF Dwayne De Rosario
17 United States FW Edson Buddle
18 Canada GK Pat Onstad ~
21 Grenada MF Shalrie Joseph
No. Position Player
23 England MF David Beckham
25 United States MF Pablo Mastroeni ~
33 United States FW Kenny Cooper
70 Mexico MF Cuauhtémoc Blanco
71 Argentina FW Guillermo Barros Schelotto
72 United States GK Jon Busch
73 United States FW Brian Ching
74 United States MF Maurice Edu
75 Brazil FW Luciano Emilio
76 United States MF Sacha Kljestan
77 United States DF Michael Parkhurst
78 United States MF Robbie Rogers
80 Costa Rica DF Gonzalo Segares
81 Mali MF Bakary Soumare

~ – Players selected by coach

† – "Commissioner's Picks"

♦ – Inactive

West Ham United[edit]

As of May 13, 2008.[12] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Robert Green
2 Australia DF Lucas Neill (captain)
3 Northern Ireland DF George McCartney
4 Wales DF Daniel Gabbidon
5 England DF Anton Ferdinand
6 England DF Matthew Upson
7 Sweden MF Freddie Ljungberg
8 England MF Scott Parker
9 England FW Dean Ashton
10 Wales FW Craig Bellamy
11 England MF Matthew Etherington
12 England FW Carlton Cole
14 Ghana DF John Paintsil
16 England MF Mark Noble
17 England MF Hayden Mullins
18 United States DF Jonathan Spector
No. Position Player
19 Wales DF James Collins
20 France MF Julien Faubert
21 England GK Richard Wright
22 England MF Tony Stokes
23 England GK James Walker
25 England FW Bobby Zamora
26 Scotland MF Nigel Quashie
27 England DF Calum Davenport
28 England MF Kyel Reid
29 England MF Lee Bowyer
30 England DF James Tomkins
32 England MF Kieron Dyer
34 Portugal MF Luís Boa Morte
35 Iceland DF Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson
39 Wales MF Jack Collison
40 England FW Freddie Sears

Match details[edit]

MLS All-Stars United StatesCanada3–2England West Ham United
Gómez Goal 27'
Blanco Goal 45'
De Rosario Goal 70' (pen.)
Report Ashton Goal 26', Goal 67'
BMO Field, Toronto
Attendance: 20,844
West Ham
GK 1 United States Matt Reis Substituted off 70'
DF 2 United States Frankie Hejduk Yellow card 56' Substituted off 88'
DF 12 United States Jimmy Conrad (c) Yellow card 82'
DF 13 United States Jonathan Bornstein Yellow card 52' Substituted off 88'
MF 5 Argentina Christian Gómez Substituted off 59'
MF 8 Colombia Juan Toja Substituted off 59'
MF 21 Grenada Shalrie Joseph
MF 23 England David Beckham
MF 25 United States Pablo Mastroeni
FW 33 United States Kenny Cooper Substituted off 46'
FW 70 Mexico Cuauhtémoc Blanco
GK 18 Canada Pat Onstad Substituted in 70'
DF 11 Canada Jim Brennan Substituted in 59'
MF 7 United States Steve Ralston Substituted in 88'
MF 14 Canada Dwayne De Rosario Substituted in 59'
FW 9 Colombia Juan Pablo Ángel Substituted in 46'
FW 10 United States Landon Donovan Substituted in 46'
FW 17 United States Edson Buddle Substituted in 88'
Scotland Steve Nicol
GK 1 England Robert Green
DF 2 Australia Lucas Neill (c)
DF 5 England Anton Ferdinand
DF 27 England Calum Davenport
DF 40 England Joe Widdowson
MF 8 England Scott Parker Yellow card 45+1'
MF 11 England Matthew Etherington Substituted off 46'
MF 17 England Hayden Mullins Substituted off 65'
MF 20 France Julien Faubert Substituted off 75'
FW 9 England Dean Ashton Substituted off 80'
FW 12 England Carlton Cole Substituted off 90+1'
GK 23 England James Walker
DF 45 England Jordan Spence
MF 13 Portugal Luís Boa Morte Substituted in 46'
MF 22 England Tony Stokes Substituted in 90+1'
MF 28 England Kyel Reid Substituted in 80'
MF 31 Wales Jack Collison Substituted in 92'
MF 46 England Junior Stanislas Substituted in 75'
England Alan Curbishley

Man of the Match:
Mexico Cuauhtémoc Blanco[3]

Assistant referees:
Canada Héctor Vergara
United States Greg Barkey
Fourth official:
United States Mark Geiger


  • The 2008 Major League Soccer All-Star Game was the first to be played in Canada.
  • For the first time Pepsi was the official sponsor of the All-Star Game. Previously, Sierra Mist, a Pepsi brand, was the advertised sponsor.
  • This was the fifth time that the league's best players faced international competition in the MLS All-Star Game.
  • For the second consecutive year New England Revolution coach Steve Nicol was the head coach for the MLS side.
  • Former CBC affiliate, then E! and now CityTV affiliate CHAT-TV in Medicine Hat, Alberta did not air the game, because of Calgary CBC station CBRT-TV, as well as online through live streaming on the CBC sports website.


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