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Image:MLSAllStar07.gifIn most American professional sports, the All-Star game is intra-league.  The NFL has AFC v. NFC.  The MLB has AL v. NL.  The NBA has East v. West.  The MLS has a little more creative style.  They play one European power.  This year's team that the best MLS players are facing is Celtic FC, my favorite team.  It is questionable if Celtic will send over its first team, but either way, it will be a great team.  If they do send over their best players, the MLS will be in for a challenge.  Celtic is lead by midfielder and free kick specialist Shunsuke Nakamura from Japan.  Other notable players are Dutch striker Jan Vennegor of Hesselink, Polish goalie Arthur Boruc, Polish striker Maciej Zurawski, and Czech midfielder Jiri Jarosik.  The Bhoys have more talent than the MLS, and that will cause problems.

MLS LINEUP-

Pos.PlayerTeamMLS Exp.MLS All-Star First XIFJuan Pablo AngelRed Bull New York0FEddie JohnsonKansas City Wizards6MDwayne DeRosarioHouston Dynamo6MShalrie JosephNew England Revolution4MJuan TojaFC Dallas0MRicardo ClarkHouston Dynamo4MChristian GomezDC United3DJimmy ConradKansas City Wizards8DJonathan BornsteinCD Chivas USA1DMichael ParkhurstNew England Revolution2GKMatt ReisNew England Revolution9All-Star ReservesFBrian ChingHouston Dynamo5FLandon DonovanLos Angeles Galaxy6MCobi JonesLos Angeles Galaxy11MPablo MastroeniColorado Rapids9MRonnie O'BrienToronto FC5DEddie PopeReal Salt Lake11GKKevin HartmanKansas City Wizards10

As you can see, 2006 All-Star game hero Brian Ching is not a starter.  Landon Donocan and Cobi Jones of the Galaxy are also on the bench.  Juan Pablo Angel of Red Bull New York and Eddie Johnson are the most prominent players on the MLS starting lineup, with Christian Gomez contributing at midfielder.  Ronnie O'Brien is the lone player from expansion Toronto FC.

CELTIC FC ROSTER-

No.PositionPlayer1Flag of PolandGKArtur Boruc3Flag of EnglandDFLee Naylor4Flag of ScotlandDFAdam Virgo5Flag of ScotlandDFGary Caldwell6Flag of GuineaDFDianbobo Balde7Flag of PolandFWMaciej ??urawski8Flag of ScotlandMFScott Brown9Flag of ScotlandFWKenny Miller10Flag of NetherlandsFWJan Vennegoor of Hesselink11Flag of ScotlandMFPaul Hartley12Flag of ScotlandDFMark Wilson14Flag of ScotlandFWDerek Riordan15Flag of NetherlandsMFEvander Sno16Flag of DenmarkMFThomas Gravesen17Flag of ScotlandDFSteven Pressley No.PositionPlayer18Flag of ItalyMFMassimo Donati20Flag of Czech RepublicMFJi??í Jarošík21Flag of ScotlandGKMark Brown25Flag of JapanMFShunsuke Nakamura26Flag of Republic of IrelandFWCillian Sheridan27Flag of AustraliaFWScott McDonald28Flag of ItalyMFAndrea Capone33Flag of New ZealandFWChris Killen41Flag of ScotlandDFJohn Kennedy44Flag of ScotlandDFStephen McManus45Flag of Republic of IrelandFWJames O'Brien46Flag of Republic of IrelandMFAiden McGeady47Flag of Northern IrelandGKMichael McGovern48Flag of Republic of IrelandDFDarren O'Dea56Flag of IcelandMFTeddy Bjarnason

Freddy Adu is currently at the Under-20 World CupEvander Sno is a rising star.  He is very young, and he can contribute now that Petrov is gone.  The defense is very deep for Celtic.  Bobo Balde, Steven Pressley John Kennedy, and Mark Wilson are the best players on the defensive side.  An interesting story for the Bhoys is Freddy Adu.  Last year when Celtic played Freddy Adu's former team, DC United, Adu expressed interest in joining Celtic.  Now, Celtic is taking a better look at Adu.  They are courting Adu right now along with English power Chelsea.  Adu is a rising star in the MLS, and is one of the more recognizable names.  The 18-year-old phenom now plays for Real Salt Lake.

MY PREDICTION-Celtic: 2, MLS: 1

The Bhoys are one of the most underrated teams in all of soccer.  They continue to get great talent, but they are underrated due to their location.  In the round of sixteen in the Champions League, they narrowly lost to AC Milan, who would go on to win the championship.  Celtic FC will shock the world this year, and make it to the semis atleast.

 

 

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