Doug McIntyre of ESPN FC, has reported that Major League Soccer is coming close to a deal with Los Blancos to be their opponent at this year’s MLS All-Star game. This will be the 13th consecutive season for the MLS to face a European foe. Last year the All-Stars lost to Arsenal 2-1 in San Jose California.
Real Madrid would be the first Spanish club to participate in the event.
They were scheduled to participate in 2004, but decided not to and the MLS went with a East vs West format instead. The game is set to be played at Soldier Field in Chicago. The last time Real Madrid was in Chicago, they were playing Chivas Guadalajara. It was 2005 and they played it at Michigan Stadium in front of 105,000 people.
The match will be held in August while Royal Whites are in their pre-season. Cristiano Ronaldo will be coming off the Confederations Cup with Portugal.
What does that have to do with anything? I’m sure that the MLS would like to use CR7 as a marketing tool and if he were not to play, it might anger a lot of fans.
However, it could be written into Ronaldo’s contract like they did for Manuel Neuer and Philipp Lahm for 2014 All-Star game. The duo had just won the World Cup, but were flown to Portland just hours before the match because they were contractually obligated to make an appearance in the match.