*The MLS All-Star Game (aka select squad vs. prominent foreign club in preseason) is tonight at sold-out Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., featuring Serie A side Roma (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2, UniMas). The K.C. Star has got you covered. MLS is 7-2-1 in such formats.
Happy 26th birthday to Roma’s American midfielder, Michael Bradley.
If that affair doesn’t interest you, two other viewing options are on the slate at the same time tonight: Puebla vs. Santos Laguna on ESPN Deportes and Azteca America, and Corinthians vs. Gremio on ESPN3.com. Much later, at 11 ET on Fox Soccer, ESPN Deportes and foxsoccer2go.com, Everton faces Juventus in San Francisco as part of the International Champions Cup.
*Speaking of the International Champions Cup, Chelsea has arrived in the States for three tournament matches plus a friendly against Roma at RFK Stadium on Aug. 10. The Blues are based in Washington and, between ICC games in Indianapolis tomorrow, New Jersey on Sunday and Miami next Tuesday or Wednesday, they’ll train at Catholic University. No other details — open practice sessions, public events, etc. — have been made available yet. [Travel roster]
*The U.S. national team and Stoke City are awaiting results of scans on Brek Shea‘s left knee. Ligament damage is suspected. He was the recipient of Matt Kassel‘s challenge during the Premier League club’s friendly against the Philadelphia Union last night.
“It was a very, very poor challenge by the boy,” Stoke Coach Mark Hughes said. “What the hell was he was thinking of, I have no idea. It’s a friendly game. You need to protect your fellow professional.”
Said Kassel: “It was completely just going for the ball. Unfortunately things happen and tonight he unfortunately got hurt. There was no intent at all. I wish him all the best and I apologize for the tackle.”
*Four Americans were on the game-day roster for Tijuana’s 1-0 home victory over Pachuca last night: Defender Greg Garza played 90; Edgar Castillo and Joe Corona, both just back from Gold Cup duty, entered in the 69th; and Paul Arriola, an 18-year-old attacker who rose through the Los Angeles Galaxy academy before heading south this year, did not play.
*George Washington University forward Seth Rudolph has joined former Colonial Andy Stadler at Sandviken in Sweden’s third tier.
*The Washington Spirit limps toward the end of a brutal inaugural NWSL season with a visit to Rochester tonight to play the Western New York Flash (7 p.m., www.youtube.com/nwslsoccer). The Spirit (1-12-4) has not won since mid-May (0-10-1 with a 25-4 scoring deficit).
Injuries left the club with four available substitutes last week. Today Washington announced the signing of Marissa Abegg, a 27-year-old defender who played for the D.C. United Women the previous two summers and the Washington Freedom in 2010. [NWSL injury report] The Spirit will visit Sky Blue this weekend before ending the campaign with three home matches at Maryland SoccerPlex.