Fans tuning into the MLS All Star Game on Thursday will get a look at USMNT prospect Gedion Zelalem and new Arsenal star Granit Xhaka. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed the news Tuesday as he met the media along with Petr Cech and Jack Wilshere ahead of Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California. How much they’ll play is unknown, just that Zelalem will be in the lineup and Xhaka will “play a part”. Earlier, Major League Soccer announced that Kaka will captain the side, and that FC Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta and L.A. Galaxy back Jelle Van Damme have been added to the roster to replace Matt Besler and plan for the possible absence of Liam Ridgewell. MLS
Still not as bad as Jarju. The Vancouver Whitecaps officially transferred striker Fabian Espindola to mexican side Club Necaxa, ending the 31 year old striker's time with Vancouver before it ever began. According to the Whitecaps press release, Espindola was ready to come to Canada, but the Whitecaps received an offer from Necaxa they couldn't refuse. The choice quote from the press release: That means the Whitecaps are still looking for options at the striker position, although they have some more money to do that moving forward. You can read more discussion about that from the earlier thread.