ORLANDO, Florida – The 2019 MLS All-Star game was won by La Liga club Atletico Madrid, who defeated the MLS All-Stars 3-0 in front of 25,527 spectators.
Marcos Llorente scored the first goal of the match in the 42nd minute, and despite an improved effort by the home team in the second half Los Rojiblancos was able to win the 85th minute against Joao Felix and a Goals seal injury time by Diego Costa.
The game was delayed by bad weather by 34 minutes, and it rained steadily throughout the game. But as the teams entered the field, initially an all-reserves Atletico team was established. Vitolo had a clear opportunity for Angel Correa in the eighth minute, only he could take his shot wide. MLS keeper Brad Guzan had to parry Carlos Isaac's drive seven minutes later and Walker Zimmerman was there to clear the rebound.
However, the home side gradually found their stance in the game, and Wayne Rooney almost scored a miracle when his shot from outside the penalty area went just over the crossbar in the 26th minute.
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But Atleti has broken through just three minutes before halftime. New signing Hector Herrera found Rodrigo Riquelme in space, and his rear wheel put Llorente into the match to finish off substitute goalkeeper Andre Blake the remaining nine starters at halftime and the new charges made themselves felt. Just two minutes into the second half, the Seattle midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro hit Diego Rossi of LAFC with a cross at the far post. Loreto almost equalized in the 55th minute, but Atleti keeper Antonio Adan saved his shot from close range.
Diego Simeone, the coach of Atletico Madrid, dismissed all eleven players one minute later and brought out the stars Koke and Costa. A short time later, Felix almost doubled the lead of the visitors, only Blake scored a clear save to his left.
The All-Stars threatened with a few belated chances from Atlanta United duo Pity Martinez and Ezequiel Barco and Chicago's Chicago Bastian Schweinsteiger, but Atletico added two goals in the final minute to secure the win. Felix scored the first with a shot that defeated Nick Rimando before Costa scored a long ball over the top and pushed home to do the contest beyond a doubt.