Arsenal forward Chuba Akpom (32) celebrates his winning goal. In the 11-year history of Major League Soccer’s current All-Star Game format of Best XI against top European top club, the league had managed to win more than it lost. Going into Thursday’s friendly against Premier League power Arsenal in the Bay Area, the MLS All-Stars had won seven of the 11 games including the last two midsummer exhibitions, 2-1 triumphs over Bayern Munich and Tottenham Hotspur in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
“I wish we had time to visit the United Centre,” says Javi Martinez. The Bayern Munich star is clearly pleased to be on the Bundesliga giants’ North American tour, and particularly in the home of his favorite NBA team. When FC Yahoo meets the 27-year-old Basque star at Die Roten’s team hotel—ahead of their friendly clash with Milan at Soldier Field—he is keen to talk about his love for US sports, as well as his past with Pep Guardiola, the present with Carlo Ancelotti and the future of American teammate Julian Green.