Report: Atletico Madrid to play MLS All-Star Game

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If Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney thought their days of playing against European powers were over, they’ve got another thing coming according to Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl.

Assuming they don’t skip the occasion, of course.

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Atletico Madrid will come to Orlando for the 2019 MLS All-Star Game in July as part of its United States tour, which also features a meeting with Chivas Guadalajara in Texas and a Madrid Derby against Real in New Jersey.

The last six All Star Games occurred July 28 or later.

Presumably, Rooney and Ibrahimovic will be reunited in the MLS side, and fellow former Manchester United player Nani will likely also get the call given his current home stadia.

The format is unchanged despite calls for something fresh, as the last two matches were particularly dull 1-1 draws decided in penalty kicks (Real Madrid and Juventus won).