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Tata Martino unveiled MLS All-Star Team for "Big Spectacle" vs. Juventus



Atlanta United manager Gerardo "Tata" Martino believes the MLS All-Stars 2018 will be able to offer a "big show" against Juventus, as he revealed the rest of his team on Friday.

"This is a team that likes to attack, scoring goals, that should be a great spectacle for the fans," said Martino on Thursday in an exclusive interview with ESPN FC. "But it must also be balanced by players who can defend well and expropriate opponents."

Martino filled the squad after fans picked the first eleven players earlier this week – including five from Atlanta United.

The former coach of Barcelona and Argentina believes that the strong presence of home team players will create an exciting atmosphere.

"I think the game is in Atlanta and you have so many Atlanta players" The fans here are very enthusiastic and it's going to be exciting for all of us, "said Martino.

On a personal level for Martino, he looks forward to working with players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David Villa and others.

There are truly great players in this team: Zlatan, Villa, [Carlos] Vela, [Sebastian] Giovinco, [Ignacio] Piatti, [Miguel] Almiron is another, we must not lose sight of the fact that these players will play 30 instead of 90 minutes, but it is a nice challenge for this group to play Juventus and we will try Martino's squad will also go into the squad in Russia in 2018 with four World Cup players – Francisco Calvo, Yoshimar Yotun, Jonathan dos Santos and Vela – in particular, Vela has Martino with his play impressed in Russia

"I think Vela played very well in this World Cup. You could see in the game against Germany how much he was involved in this victory. He proves that you can be a player in the MLS and still be decisive in the World Cup, and he shows that he is one of the best strikers in the world, "said Martino.

There are 17 different out of the 26 players on Martino's list Nationalities are almost equally represented in the CONMEBOL, CONCACAF and UEFA nations, reflecting the diversity of the MLS

"To see not only so many different teams, but also nations from North America, South America and Europe will be a nice celebration for the League, "said Martino.

2018 MLS All-Star Game Lineup

Goalkeeper: Brad Guzan (Atlanta United), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC)
Defenders: Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United), Laurent Ciman (LAFC), Alphonso Davies (Vancouver Whitecaps), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Aaron Long (Red Bulls), Michael Murillo (New York Red Bulls), Michael Par khurst (Atlanta), Yoshimar Yotun (Orlando) city), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Midfielder: Miguel Almiron (Atlanta United), Ezequiel Barco (Atlanta United), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Alberto Elis (Houston Dynamo), Ilie Sanchez (Sporting Kansas City), Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact), Alexander Ring (FC New York City), Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers), Wilfried Zahibo (New England Revolution)
Forward: Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (LA Galaxy), Josef Martinez (Atlanta United), Carlos Vela (LAFC), David Villa (FC New York), Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls) [19659002] Commissioner Picks: Alphonso Davies and Bradley Wright-Phillips


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