2016 MLS All-Star Game

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2016 AT&T MLS All-Star Game
AT&T All-Star San Jose '16
2016 MLS All-Star Game logo.jpg
Event2016 Major League Soccer season
DateJuly 28, 2016 (2016-07-28)
VenueAvaya Stadium, San Jose, California
Most Valuable PlayerChuba Akpom (Arsenal)
RefereeChris Penso (United States)
WeatherClear, 84 °F (29 °C)

The 2016 Major League Soccer All-Star Game, the 21st annual Major League Soccer All-Star Game, took place on July 28, 2016 (7:30 p.m. EDT, 4:30 p.m. local time) at Avaya Stadium, the home of the San Jose Earthquakes. The game was televised live on ESPN and Univision in the United States, and on TSN and RDS in Canada.[1] The game featured the MLS All-Star team playing English side Arsenal, with the match being a preseason friendly for Arsenal as part of their tour of California.[2]

Chuba Akpom was named MVP.


MLS All-Stars[edit]

The MLS All Star Fan XI was announced on July 9, 2016, however members of this XI were not guaranteed a slot in the 22 man game day squad.[3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Jamaica GK Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union)
2 United States FW Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC)
3 United States DF Brandon Vincent (Chicago Fire)
4 Costa Rica DF Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
6 United States MF Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers)
7 Spain FW David Villa (New York City FC)
8 United States FW Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
9 Canada FW Cyle Larin (Orlando City SC)
10 Italy FW Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC)
11 Ivory Coast FW Didier Drogba (Montreal Impact)
12 United States DF Keegan Rosenberry (Philadelphia Union)
13 United States MF Jermaine Jonesa (Colorado Rapids)
14 United States DF Andrew Farrell (New England Revolution)
15 United States DF Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United)
16 United States MF Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls)
No. Position Player
17 Mexico MF Giovanni Dos Santos (LA Galaxy)
18 United States DF Matt Beslera (Sporting Kansas City)
19 England DF Liam Ridgewella (Portland Timbers)
20 United States MF Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
21 Italy MF Andrea Pirlo (New York City FC)
22 Brazil MF Kaká (Orlando City SC)
23 Belgium DF Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact)
24 Puerto Rico GK Josh Saunders (New York City FC)
25 United States MF Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake)
28 Argentina FW Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact)
29 Argentina MF Mauro Diaz (FC Dallas)
34 United States GK David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes)
37 Belgium DF Jelle Van Damme (LA Galaxy)
95 United States DF Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas)


a Injured or otherwise unable to play.


On July 22 Arsenal announced a 25-man traveling squad for the MLS All-Star game:[4]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 France DF Mathieu Debuchy
3 England DF Kieran Gibbs
4 Germany DF Per Mertesacker [a]
5 Brazil DF Gabriel
10 England MF Jack Wilshere
13 Colombia GK David Ospina
14 England FW Theo Walcott
15 England MF Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
16 England DF Rob Holding
17 Nigeria FW Alex Iwobi
18 Spain DF Nacho Monreal
19 Spain MF Santi Cazorla
21 England DF Calum Chambers
No. Position Player
24 Spain DF Héctor Bellerín
26 Argentina GK Emiliano Martínez
28 Costa Rica FW Joel Campbell
29 Switzerland MF Granit Xhaka
31 France MF Jeff Reine-Adélaïde [b]
32 England FW Chuba Akpom
33 Czech Republic GK Petr Čech
34 France MF Francis Coquelin
35 Egypt MF Mohamed Elneny
37 Poland MF Krystian Bielik [b]
40 United States MF Gedion Zelalem [b]
68 England FW Chris Willock [b]


a Injured or otherwise unable to play.
b Development Squad


MLS All-Stars United States Canada1–2England Arsenal
Drogba Goal 45+2' Report Campbell Goal 11' (pen.)
Akpom Goal 87'
MLS All-Stars
GK 1 Jamaica Andre Blake Substituted off 45'
DF 12 United States Keegan Rosenberry Substituted off 45'
DF 23 Belgium Laurent Ciman Yellow card 10' Substituted off 45'
DF 37 Belgium Jelle Van Damme Substituted off 45'
DF 95 United States Kellyn Acosta Substituted off 57'
MF 21 Italy Andrea Pirlo Substituted off 32'
MF 25 United States Kyle Beckerman Substituted off 45'
MF 17 Mexico Giovani dos Santos Substituted off 45'
MF 22 Brazil Kaká (c) Substituted off 45'
FW 7 Spain David Villa Substituted off 33'
FW 11 Ivory Coast Didier Drogba Substituted off 45'
GK 34 United States David Bingham Substituted in 45'
DF 3 United States Brandon Vincent Substituted in 57'
DF 4 Costa Rica Kendall Waston Substituted in 45'
DF 14 United States Andrew Farrell Substituted in 45'
DF 15 United States Steve Birnbaum Substituted in 45'
MF 2 United States Clint Dempsey Substituted in 73'
MF 6 United States Darlington Nagbe Substituted in 45'
MF 8 United States Chris Wondolowski Substituted in 73'
MF 16 United States Sacha Kljestan Substituted in 32' Substituted off 73'
MF 20 United States Wil Trapp Substituted in 45'
MF 28 Argentina Ignacio Piatti Substituted in 33' Substituted off 73'
MF 29 Argentina Mauro Díaz Substituted in 45'
FW 9 Canada Cyle Larin Substituted in 77'
FW 10 Italy Sebastian Giovinco Substituted in 45' Substituted off 77'
United States Dominic Kinnear
GK 33 Czech Republic Petr Čech (c) Substituted off 67'
DF 2 France Mathieu Debuchy Substituted off 45'
DF 16 England Rob Holding
DF 37 Poland Krystian Bielik Substituted off 45'
DF 3 England Kieran Gibbs Substituted off 45'
MF 35 Egypt Mohamed Elneny Substituted off 67'
MF 34 France Francis Coquelin Substituted off 45'
MF 10 England Jack Wilshere Substituted off 45'
MF 15 England Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Substituted off 67'
MF 28 Costa Rica Joel Campbell Substituted off 68'
FW 14 England Theo Walcott Substituted off 67'
GK 26 Argentina Emiliano Martínez Substituted in 67'
DF 18 Spain Nacho Monreal Substituted in 45'
DF 21 England Calum Chambers Substituted in 45'
DF 24 Spain Héctor Bellerín Substituted in 45'
MF 17 Nigeria Alex Iwobi Substituted in 45'
MF 29 Switzerland Granit Xhaka Substituted in 45'
MF 31 France Jeff Reine-Adélaïde Substituted in 68'
MF 40 United States Gedion Zelalem Substituted in 67'
FW 32 England Chuba Akpom Substituted in 67'
FW 68 England Chris Willock Substituted in 67'
France Arsène Wenger

Most valuable player:
England Chuba Akpom (Arsenal)[5]

Assistant referees:[6]
Frank Anderson
Matthew Nelson
Fourth official:[6]
Juan Guzman
Fifth official:[6]
Chris Strickland

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • Unlimited substitutions.
  • No extra time.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.


  1. ^ "San Jose's Avaya Stadium to host 2016 AT&T MLS All-Star Game" (Press release). Major League Soccer. May 28, 2015.
  2. ^ "English Premier League giants Arsenal to play in 2016 AT&T MLS All-Star Game in San Jose". mlssoccer.com. February 11, 2016.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ [2][dead link]
  5. ^ "All-Star: Arsenal's Chuba Akpom named MVP of 2016 AT&T MLS All-Star Game". MLSsoccer.com. July 28, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "All-Star: Chris Penso named head referee for 2016 AT&T MLS All-Star Game vs. Arsenal". Mlssoccer.com. July 5, 2016.