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MLS All Star Game 2013: Lineups and Live Thread

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While there may not be any Revs involved in Kansas City tonight, it's STILL a pretty big deal if you're an MLS fan.

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

I know what you're all thinking, and let me stop you right there. Just because the Revs don't have a participant tonight, doesn't mean you shouldn't watch tonight's MLS All Star Game from Kansas City.

The reasons are numerous, but most importantly, it's imperative to remember that this is OUR league, and these are OUR "best" players taking the field against a giant of European football.

Sure, it's easy to be jaded and boycott the thing, but the all-out effort that the Sporting Kansas City organization has put forth as well as Major League Soccer as a whole has been incredible. Awesome parties, great access to the players, and most importantly, putting on an absolute spectacle of a match in a great stadium atmosphere on national television.

It's for all these reasons that I get sucked in every summer, clamoring for the next scalp that our boys can collect. Does it really mean anything in the long run? Probably not. It won't change anyone's perspective of our league (although I do contend, that if the MLS goes out and pounds AS Roma something like 4-1, Sky Sports would definitely notice) but I'd be lying to you if I said I didn't go to bed with a lighter heart and a smile on my face after beating Chelsea.

So, with that in mind, won't you join me tonight in a live thread and follow along as our boys take on one of the "big fish" of World Football? Here's a little info on the match to get you started, and once final lineups are announced, we'll get them to you right here.

Game date/time: Wednesday, July 31; 9 p.m. ET


Venue: Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kan.


TV: ESPN (USA English), UniMas (USA Spanish)


Streaming: MLS Live

OFFICIAL TEAM STARTING LINEUPS

MLS: Raul Fernandez; Tony Beltran, Aurelien Collin, Matt Besler, Corey Ashe; Will Johnson, Kyle Beckerman, Graham Zusi, Brad Davis; Marco Di Vaio, Thierry Henry.

Roma: Bogdon Lobont, Vasilis Torosidis, Mehdi Benata, Leandro Castan, Federico Balzaretti; Daniele De Rossi, Miralem Pjanic, Michael Bradley; Erik Lamela, Francesco Totti, Gianluca Caprari.