MLS All-Star 2024 will be unmissable with Messi, Suárez and much more

The 30-man roster promises a historic spectacle in Columbus
New York Red Bulls v Inter Miami CF
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Expectations are high for the 2024 MLS All-Star Game, and rightly so. The match, scheduled for July 24 at Field, promises to be a veritable parade of talent. This year, the list of players has been expanded to 30 names, guaranteeing even more excitement and depth. And among these stars are living legends like Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez, who continue to delight fans with their skills.

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Messi, since his arrival at Inter Miami CF, has been a true phenomenon. With 12 goals and 13 assists in just 12 games this season, he became the fastest player to reach 25 goal contributions in a season in MLS history. It's simply unbelievable what this man can do with a ball at his feet. His presence on the pitch is a metaphor for genius, like a work of art unfolding before our eyes. No wonder he has been voted the best player in the world eight times.

On the other side, we have Suárez, the relentless Uruguayan who is also making his mark at Inter Miami. With 12 goals and 5 assists in 16 games, he shows that age is just a number. Suárez is a goal machine, a living hyperbole of what it means to be a born scorer. His partnership with Messi is an irony of fate, uniting two historic rivals - because of their national teams - in a symphony of talent and experience.

But it's not just these two who shine on the list. Real Salt Lake's Cristian Arango leads the league in goals (16) and goal contributions (26). DC United's Benteke is in the running for the Golden Boot with 14 goals in 18 games. And let's not forget LAFC's Denis Bouanga, who continues to dominate with 13 goals and 9 assists in 20 games.

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In midfield, names like Luciano Acosta of FC Cincinnati and Sergio Busquets of Inter Miami bring a mix of creativity and stability. Acosta, current MLS MVP, is a true maestro on the ball, while Busquets, with his vast experience, is the rock in the middle of the field.

The defense is also well represented, with players like Jordi Alba, a living legend who now plays for Inter Miami, and Rudy Camacho, from the Columbus Crew. These defenders bring a mix of experience and skill that is crucial to maintaining the team's balance. And in goal, we have Hugo Lloris of LAFC and Roman Bürki of St. Louis City. Both are exceptional goalkeepers, capable of making great saves.

Columbus Crew coach Wilfried Nancy will have the task of leading this constellation of stars. His careful selection of 16 players, complemented by the 12 chosen by fans, media and players, as well as the 2 selected by commissioner Don Garber, guarantees that we will have a breathtaking spectacle.

This game isn't just a competition; it's a symbol of the growth and popularity of the MLS. The league is becoming a meeting point for the best talents in world soccer, and the All-Star Game is the perfect embodiment of this phenomenon.

Check out the list of all the names in the 2024 MLS All-Star Game

Coach: Wilfried Nancy

Goalkeeper: Roman Bürki, Hugo Lloris, Maarten Paes

Defenders: Jordi Alba, Rudy Camacho, Justen Glad, Aaron Herrera, Thiago Martins, Steven Moreira, Luca Orellano, Miles Robinson, Keegan Rosenberry

Midfielders: Luciano Acosta, Sergio Busquets, Mathieu Choinière, Evander, Ryan Gauld, Héctor Herrera, Robin Lod, Hany Mukhtar, Darlington Nagbe, Riqui Puig

Forwards: Cristian Arango, Christian Benteke, Federico Bernardeschi, Denis Bouanga, Cucho Hernández, Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez, Diego Rossi