The MLS All-Star Game is tonight versus Tottenham Hotspur and three Sporting Kansas City players could see time. Captain Matt Besler, Benny Feilhaber and Graham Zusi are representing Kansas City versus the Premier League team of the day this year.
After Sporting KC has struggled with injuries over the last year, the biggest hope for most SKC fans will be getting their players back healthy and not too tired.
Playing-time will be decided by Colorado Rapids manager Pablo Mastroeni, and it is hoped he will balance out the players/team needs versus the need to show well in a meaningless game.
"I was in that position as well," Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes explained. "I think every coach understands that you're trying to get everybody a half, if you can. I trust Pablo in that regard. I think he understands everybody has games on the weekend."
Sporting KC has had players hurt, Aurelien Collin for example and in 2011 the MLS All Star manager left Omar Bravo in the game for 81 minutes despite Bravo playing on short rest. Bravo also had an upcoming match against that same manager's team shortly after the All Star game. Surely that had nothing to with it at the time.
Take it seriously?
Players rarely step on the field without wanting to do well and Besler is no exception.
"I take the All-Star Game very seriously," Besler stated after being voted into this year's match. "We've been able to get some decent results in the last few years. I'm looking forward to teaming up with the guys and seeing if we can do it again this year."
Last year, the MLS All Stars took the match a little more seriously than visiting Bayern Munich which resulted in the non-hand shake seen around the world.
Match Date/Time: Wednesday, 8 p.m. CT
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colorado
TV: Fox Sports 1 (U.S. -- English), UniMas, Univision Deportes (U.S. -- Spanish), TSN1, 3, 4, RDS 2 (Canada), Sky Sports 1/HD (U.K.), Eurosport 2 International
Online: MLS Live, Fox Soccer 2GO (U.S. - English), Sky Go (U.K.)