The 2023 MLS All-Star game takes place this week as the best players from MLS take on Premier League runners-up Arsenal.
In what will be the 17th annual match, the MLS All-Star game is one the staples of pre-season as a different side is selected to take on the best MLS has to offer in a one-off match each year.
Mikel Arteta’s men are the lucky opponents for 2023, taking part in this fixture for the first time since 2016, when they ran out 2-1 winners thanks to a late winner from Chuba Akpom, now tearing up the Championship for Middlesbrough under Michael Carrick. The Arsenal head coach goes toe-to-toe with another former Premier League rival in Wayne Rooney, who has been selected to take charge of the all-star side.
This will be the Arsenal faithful’s first look at record signing Declan Rice, who alongside fellow new boys Kai Havertz and Jurrien Timber will be looking to make a good early impression for the Gunners.
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When is MLS All-Stars vs Arsenal?
The MLS All-Star game takes place on Thursday 20 July at Audi Field, Washington D.C.
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What is the kick-off time for MLS All-Stars vs Arsenal?
MLS All-Stars vs Arsenal will kick-off at 1.30am (UK time).
Where can I watch MLS All-Stars vs Arsenal on TV?
- UK: Apple TV
- US: Apple TV
How can I live stream MLS All-Stars vs Arsenal online?
The only way to watch this game is with the MLS Pass on Apple TV.
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Who is refereeing MLS All-Stars vs Arsenal?
Ted Unkel will referee the MLS All-Stars game against Arsenal.
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MLS All-Star team news
Several names familiar to the Premier League and European football have been selected for the MLS All-Star squad, including Christian Benteke, former Aston Villa midfielder Carles Gil, Matt Miazga, who spent six years at Chelsea and former Barcelona midfielder Riqui Puig, who is shining for LA Galaxy.
Arsenal team news
Mikel Arteta named a 29-man squad for Arsenal’s US tour, with new signings Kai Havertz, Jurrien Timber and Declan Rice all included. USMNT star Folarin Balogun, who scored 21 times in 37 Ligue 1 matches whilst on loan at Reims last season, has been given the chance to show what he can do for the Gunners.
Emile Smith Rowe and Thomas Partey will join up with the team, but it is unclear when after they were give an extended break.
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In other team news, Kai Havertz has become the recent victim of online ridicule after he had an absolute howler when partaking in the MLS All-Star Skills Challenge, a series of mini-games in front of a packed audience, similar to the ‘Skill Games’ mode in the FIFA video game franchise.
Havertz was selected to participate in the cross-and-volley challenge and he absolutely fluffed his lines. The £65m signing looked uncomfortable as his team-mates fired balls into the box for him, with Roman Burki barely breaking a sweat between the sticks as his German counterpart fired a blank.
Kai Havertz channels his inner Timo Werner, scores zero in Cross & Volley Challenge. Might want to look away Arsenal fans. ?⚪️ pic.twitter.com/1MxjaleVHX
— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) July 19, 2023
As a result, Havertz has become the first player in the challenge to fail to score, while former Borussia Dortmund stopper Burki — who now plays for St. Louis City — has become the first player to keep a clean sheet in the drill.
Arsenal fans were naturally mortified as supporters of rival clubs came in their droves to dig out their new signing…
Damn is this how all the rivals felt laughing at Havertz all these years? It feels good not being on the receiving end trying to defend this ?
— Mod (@CFCMod_) July 19, 2023
i am actually in shock they paid £65m for havertz pic.twitter.com/CYjsjASESN
— belles (@sanchoSZN) July 19, 2023
Kai Havertz, the 65 million pound man… ? pic.twitter.com/eoBAzQxsLv
— Football Away Days (@FBAwayDays) July 19, 2023
No official game yet and Havertz is getting cooked, long season ahead ???
— Essel (@Esselguy) July 19, 2023
0 goals from ?(xG).
Kai Havertz fails to convert a single attempt in the Cross & Volley Challenge.pic.twitter.com/xaGFEeB8zj
— The xG Philosophy (@xGPhilosophy) July 19, 2023
Todd Boehly might not now what he is doing at Chelsea but he knew exactly what he was doing when he sold Kai Havertz to Arsenal for £70m.
— Suhail (@SuhailChowdhary) July 19, 2023
Ultimately, though, Arsenal ended up beating their hosts in four of the five challenges. The mini-tournament started with the Shooting Challenge, with Jurrien Timber, Folarin Balogun and Jakub Kiwior outscoring their opponents by hitting a variety of targets to generate points, winning 121 to 88.
Next up the Touch Challenge, with Arsenal again coming out on top. Havertz and Marquinhos were tasked with delivering for Arsenal, with the aim of controlling and volleying a cross into different scoring zones. The Cross and Volley Challenge came next, which we know how that went.
Then Arsenal wrapped things up with the Passing Challenge with Jorginho and Kiwior dominating, before Arsenal then secured the Crossbar Challenge bragging rights.