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MLS All-Star Team
MLS
Final
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AS Roma
ROM
Wednesday, July 31, 20139:00 PM
Sporting ParkAll-StarESPN2,UniMas,TSN,RDSAttendance: 21175

Match Summary

GOALS AND ASSISTS

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TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 90'+1'MLSOmar González
  • Camilo Da Silva Sanvezzo
 68'ROMJunior Tallo
  • Kevin Strootman
  • Michael Bradley
 47'ROMAlessandro Florenzi
  • Federico Balzaretti
 4'ROMKevin Strootman
  • Alessandro Florenzi
  • Miralem Pjanic
DISCIPLINARY

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TimeClubPlayerReason
 85'ROM MarquinhoFoul
 54'ROM Miralem PjanicFoul
SUBSTITUTIONS

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 87'ROM
Federico Ricci (F)
Francesco Totti (M)
 80'ROM
Gianluca Caprari (F)
Junior Tallo (F)
 66'MLS
DeAndre Yedlin (D)
Corey Ashe (D)
 63'ROM
Bogdan Lobont (G)
Morgan De Sanctis (G)
 63'ROM
Daniele De Rossi (M)
Miralem Pjanic (M)
 63'ROM
Marquinho (M)
Alessandro Florenzi (M)
 57'MLS
Jack McInerney (F)
Thierry Henry (F)
 HTMLS
Nick Rimando (G)
Raúl Fernández (G)
 HTMLS
Chris Wondolowski (F)
Marco Di Vaio (F)
 HTMLS
Patrice Bernier (M)
Kyle Beckerman (M)
 HTMLS
Landon Donovan (M)
Brad Davis (M)
 HTMLS
Mike Magee (F)
Will Johnson (M)
 HTMLS
Omar González (D)
Matt Besler (D)
 24'MLS
Camilo Da Silva Sanvezzo (F)
Graham Zusi (M)

Starting Formations

1Fernández2Beltran78Collin5Besler26Ashe23Beckerman15Johnson11Davis8Zusi9Di Vaio14HenryM7181036422192026De Sanctis35Torosidis17Benatia5Leandro Castán42Balzaretti6Strootman4Bradley24Florenzi15Pjanic10Totti20TalloM116112979128271888514633RAA4

Lineups

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MLS All-Star Team
1GRaúl Fernández
2DTony Beltran
78DAurélien Collin
5DMatt Besler
26DCorey Ashe
23MKyle Beckerman
15MWill Johnson
11MBrad Davis
8MGraham Zusi
9FMarco Di Vaio
14FThierry Henry
AS Roma
26GMorgan De Sanctis
35DVasilis Torosidis
17DMehdi Benatia
5DLeandro Castán
42DFederico Balzaretti
6MKevin Strootman
4MMichael Bradley
24MAlessandro Florenzi
15MMiralem Pjanic
10MFrancesco Totti
20FJunior Tallo
Bench
7Landon Donovan
18Nick Rimando
10Patrice Bernier
3Mike Magee
6Chris Wondolowski
4Omar González
22Camilo Da Silva Sanvezzo
19Jack McInerney
20DeAndre Yedlin
 
1Bogdan Lobont
16Daniele De Rossi
11Rodrigo Taddei
29Nicolas Burdisso
7Marquinho
91Alessandro Crescenzi
28Lukasz Skorupski
27Dodô
18Gianluca Caprari
88Valerio Verre
51Federico Ricci
46Alessio Romagnoli
33Tin Jedvaj
Managers
  Peter Vermes
 
  Rudi Garcia
OFFICIALS

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RefereeHilario Grajeda  
Assistant RefereePaul Scott  
Assistant RefereeBill Dittmar  
Fourth OfficialDrew Fischer  
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
9:00 PM
Sporting Park
ESPN2,UniMas,TSN,RDS

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – For all of the parties and hype building up to Kansas City's first MLS All-Star game, AS Roma took the match itself seriously. It showed.

The largest crowd in Sporting Park history got treated to a clinic on creative, efficient, aggressive soccer on Wednesday night. It came at the expense of the MLS All-Stars, though, with the Serie A side cruising to a 3-1 victory in front of a standing room-only crowd of 21,175.

Kevin Strootman scored his first goal since joining the Giallorossi, who became just the third foreign club to beat the All-Stars in 11 matches. Alessandro Florenzi and Júnior Tallo added second-half tallies for Roma.

LA Galaxy center back Omar Gonzalez pulled one back late, heading home a free kick by Vancouver's Camilo in second-half stoppage time.

The visitors came out threatening in the offensive third from the opening whistle, and the high pressure – combined with a little luck – paid near-immediate dividends.

Florenzi's through ball up the middle found Strootman streaking in on a diagonal run from the left side. Sporting Kansas City's Aurélien Collin came in to defend, but succeeded only in deflecting the ball off Strootman's left foot and inside Raúl Fernández's right post.

Strootman, who only joined Roma earlier this month from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven, became the first Dutch player to score for either side in an All-Star Game.

Roma nearly doubled their lead in the sixth minute when Florenzi tapped in Tallo's saved shot, only to have Tallo called offside.

But the next time Florenzi put the ball in the net, it counted.

As before, this one came early in a half. With MLS manager Peter Vermes making mass substitutions at the break, Roma capitalized on the situation in the 47th minute.

Florenzi made a run down the middle, easily beating Houston fullback Corey Ashe to Federico Balzaretti's long cross from the left flank, and finished past Nick Rimando to make it 2-0.

The visitors weren't done yet – and this time, American star Michael Bradley pulled the strings for Roma.

In the 68th minute, "The General" collected a loose ball in traffic at the top of the area and threaded a no-look pass to Strootman between two defenders. With Rimando isolated on a 2-on-1, all that remained was for Strootman to feed Tallo, who spent the latter part of Roma's last season on loan to Serie B side AS Bari for the easy putaway and a 3-0 scoreline.

The All-Stars, showing the effects of having just one day to practice together, struggled to connect in the attacking third for much of the night and lost Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi to quad tightness just 24 minutes in.

MLS put just three shots on goal before Gonzalez's late tally, and none of them forced keepers Morgan De Sanctis or Bogdon Lobont to make a strenuous save.

Steve Brisendine covers Sporting Kansas City for MLSsoccer.com.

MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 Kevin Strootman Roma will be plenty happy if their new signing can keep delivering like this. Formed part of a devastating midfield, scored the first and set up the third
2 Alessandro Florenzi The Volkswagen MVP was a big part of the wide play that gave the All-Stars so much trouble, and got a goal and assist of his own
3 Francesco Totti If this game is any indication, the guy's still got it. His vision and technique were a class above everyone else on the pitch and he made it show