Thierry Henry will captain the MLS All-Stars when they take on AS Roma tonight in Kansas City.
The annual All-Star fixture will this year pit the best the MLS has to offer against Italian outfit Roma, heralding a return for USA international Michael Bradley.
The All-Stars team features a number of faces that should be recognisable to football fans based in Europe, but it was Arsenal legend Thierry Henry who got the nod to lead the side out as captain.
One of the major talking points during the build up to the clash has been the homecoming of former MLS player Bradley, who began his career at the New York MetroStars (now New York Red Bulls).
Bradley is looking forward to competing against the All-Stars squad, stating: “There’s no question that the league continues to grow.
“You look around the league, you see the stadiums that are being built, you see the teams that come into the league that have support and fans like they do in Seattle, Portland, and I think that’s great for the league and great for our country. I think the quality continues to get better and better."
Bradley added: "For me to have an opportunity to come back to my home country and play against the MLS All-Star team, it’s going to be a great night.”
The fact that the MLS now features the likes of Henry speaks volumes for how much it has improved as a competition, and the Frenchman is eagerly anticipating pitting his wits against one Roma star in particular: Franceso Totti.
Totti will lead out Roma amid speculation that this season could be his last. The 36-year-old is well respected throughout the game and considered by many to be one of Italy's greatest ever players.
“When you think about Roma, you think about Francesco Totti,” Henry said.
“I have maximum respect for him to stay with the same team throughout his career, the team he supported as a boy. We could be here and talk about Francesco Totti all day.”
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