The 2016 MLS All-Star Game between Major League Soccer’s best and Arsenal FC is set for Thursday night.
Only one member of the Colorado Rapids — midfielder Jermaine Jones — made the MLS’ 25-man roster, despite the club being second in the league in points (38). Jones is one of nine midfielders on the team.
No members of the Rapids’ MLS-best defense was selected, which rankled some players and fans. Colorado has allowed 14 goals in 20 games this season.
Colorado Rapids defender Axel Sjoberg said his team “feels left out” out of the game, according to MLSSoccer.com.
“I don’t think I have to sell myself to (2016 All-Stars head coach) Dominic Kinnear,” Sjoberg said of the San Jose Earthquakes head coach, who was in charge of putting the team together. “He picked the team, and I’m sure he had a reason for all of those picks. I would’ve liked the nomination. It’s always a privilege as a player. But no matter what, I’m going to keep working hard this season.”
So Colorado fans will have to settle for watching just one Rapids player against an Arsenal side that finished second in the Premier League last season.
The MLS All-Stars have enjoyed a good degree of success the last two years against some of Europe’s best teams. They beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 last year and edged Bayern Munich 2-1 in 2014.
Here’s how you can watch the game:
WHERE: Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. MT