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Free Beer Match Day - 2013 MLS All-Star Game

All-Star Games are always about the fun. And for Major League Soccer,  their unique format allows a major world soccer team to come to town to play the best and the brightest our league has to offer. 

It is, though, no doubt a trap match. MLS wins... critics say they played a B-team in pre-season; MLS loses... the league is inferior. Partner that with the fact that the All-Stars have never played together before (and a bunch of them just game off Gold Cup duty) and they're tasked with facing an Italian side known for it's organization and solid defense.

So, predictably, the MLS All-Stars fell to AS Roma 3-1 with Los Angeles Galaxy's Omar Gonzalez grabbing the lone American goal in the dying minutes of the match. A nice treat to send the fans home with.

All-Star Week in Kansas City was fantastic though. We saw Macklemore in concert (whether you like him or not... having such a high-profile performer a part of the ASG is huge for the league's image), went rooftop and poolside with Bumpy Pitch, Kick TV, and The Offsides Rules, tailgated with the Cauldron, and, of course, caught a spectacle of a match.

This was the last stop on the summer swing of the "FBM World Tour". We'll be back on the road in the fall for the pair of home World Cup qualifiers in Columbus and, hey, Kansas City.

Here are a few of our choice pics from the last few days.

The party started here.

Macklemore on the plaza of the Power and Light District.

Hanging out with Alexi Lalas and Taylor Twellman during the Macklemore concert and the Media Mixer.

AS Roma training at Sporting Park.

"General" Michael Bradley on the training pitch. He was absolutely dominant in the game.

 

All-Stars getting warmed up.

(From Left to Right) Omar Gonzalez, Matt Besler, Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando,

Landon Donovan, and coach Peter Vermes taking questions from the media.

Oklahoma Joe's BBQ (the "Z-Man") and a Boulevard Brewing Wheat.

Rooftop at the Jones Pool party.

Met former USMNT Eddie Pope.

Sporting Park on gameday.

KC Cauldron's spent keg's from the tailgate.

Starting lineups.

Craft beer with a prominent place all over Sporting Park including Boulevard Brewing's "Member's Club" for the supporters' section.

#CheersToSocccer with Boulevard Brewing's "Tank 7" Saison Ale

Not a great night for the MLS All-Stars. They played like a team that had never played together before (because that's the case!). Overall though Kansas City showed why it is one of America's great soccer cities. 

 

Tags: Free Beer Match Days, Major League Soccer, photography

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