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Michelle Ackermann

Michelle Ackermann

Born in South Africa, soccer has always been a part of my life, and was pretty much ingrained in my genes. Journalism is my second love in life, and what better way to combine my two favorite things in life than to write about the one thing I am most passionate about. I follow the New York Red Bulls religiously, but have a deep passion for La Liga. This passion is part of the reason why I have moved to Barcelona to pursue my dream of becoming a sports broadcaster.


MLS All Star Team Excited and Anxious For Match Against Manchester United

Written by on July 26, 2011 | 9 Comments »
Posted in General, Manchester United, MLS

Following the first full training session for the MLS All Star team, who are all preoccupied with club season games and individual quests for the MLS Cup, most of the players seemed honored on being selected for this MLS powerhouse of a squad.

Sean Franklin, a defender for the LA Galaxy stated; “I am excited to be selected. We have a chance to show them what we are made of, and play some good soccer.” As if being selected hadn’t been enough of a dream come true, he talked about growing up and looking up to Thierry Henry and what an honor it is to be on the same field playing with these guys. As for the chemistry amongst the team, he confessed that one session is a tight fit, but that practice had gone pretty well.

Tim Ream, who plays for the New York Red Bulls said that it was a special opportunity to be selected; “This is an exciting time, this is a great experience for a young guy like me.” Just like Franklin, Ream was a bit concerned about the little time the team has had together, but most guys know each other and the individual styles from playing in the same league.

This showcase is a perfect gateway to raise awareness of the sport, and build a larger fan base here in the United States, where soccer seems to be lagging far behind other favorites such as American football, baseball and basketball. Red Bull Captain, Thierry Henry strongly agreed stating; “This game is a special one for the League, and a great thing for the fans. It is a chance for us to show what MLS is all about.” Of course, no stranger to the stacked Manchester United side, Henry went on to say that no one should forget the “fun factor”, and that whether they win or lose, as long as people enjoy the experience and embrace the MLS, it is a job well done.

Coach Backe, a man who holds an undefeated record against the “Red Devils” seemed relaxed after the training session. “This team has a lot of experienced players. There are no excuses, but an hour is not much.” Backe has chosen not to discuss last year’s loss with the team, but jokingly stated that he had spoken to the team about maintaining his undefeated record. Backe seemed confident about the teams attacking ability, but some questions remain as to the strength of the defensive side.
Asked what the goal for tomorrow’s match was, Backe answered; “To pick up a good result.” Simple and straightforward. He seems to have a plan, and what an amazing platform for a man who managed to take his club team from last placed to first in the matter of a year. Here is to hoping he has found the missing ingredient to grant this MLS All Star Team a victory over the “Red Devils”.

9 responses to “MLS All Star Team Excited and Anxious For Match Against Manchester United”

  1. Kevin says:

    “This showcase is a perfect gateway to raise awareness of the sport, and build a larger fan base here in the United States…”

    How does it do that?

    In my view MLS teams getting crushed by European powers only creates fans for the foreign teams. So question is a serious one. You wrote the above if it was a statement of fact. I’m curious about what the argument is for that.

  2. For those readers who were around in the Fox days of my writing Atleti just posted a comment at last week’s raves and rants.

  3. Soccerlogical says:

    Atleti = Colin Jose?

    Michelle – You excited about Henry finally starting to find some of his best form? Just imagine how exciting RBNY would be if Backe actually knew how to utilizie his players and kept DeRo instead of this MLS garden variety McCarty…

  4. Rhywun says:


    More attention never hurts. And not everyone is captivated by Goliaths like Man U – there are other reasons to support a team.

  5. Atleti – female. Argentina and of course an Atletico Madrid supporter. She was a great contributor.

  6. Well, first and foremost…Kevin, I have to disagree with your statement that these international showcases only leads to support for the European sides. I am an eternal optimist at heart, and believe that every little step helps. Perhaps it may take big teams like Manchester United or Real Madrid to raise awareness, but those who come out to watch these games may in turn be impressed by the MLS, which is still one of the youngest leagues and therefore the one most in need of awareness. Hence, gateway….we use international teams to help the US raise awareness. That is just my thought process.

    @Soccerlogical- Definitely agreed. Henry seems to be finding his footing, lets just hope it continues to work in the benefit of RBNY. As for Backe, I am curious to see how this game plays out….honestly, if he has more success with a team that barely spent an hour together than the team he has trained with, there will be some serious questions. Since you mentioned DeRo, he was selected as one of the six inactive All Star Players, which were selected by fellow players….everyone saw his potential and strength as a striker….everyone but RBNY.

  7. Roberto Manita says:

    Mr. Bobby,

    Could you inform Miss Lisell that Mascherano did not play v Internacional, as reported on FSR on Tuesday night?

    I know we are all human and make mistakes. Even a full staff full of humans. However, this is a prime example that SL will use to wave the “females only read teleprompters” (much like Obama btw — but I digress) card.

    Mascherano is still on Copa leave 😉 Thank you very much.

  8. Roberto Manita says:

    SL – I will agree with you that NYRBs made a big mistake by trading DeRo. Hell, he should be playing with Celtic but Bobby believes they couldn’t find the loose change for him. Why the hell did he go on a three week winter trial? Did nobody at Celtic do the math? He still could improve that SPL outfit. Full stop.

  9. Soccerlogical says:

    Nothing wrong with reading a teleprompter as long as you present yourself in an intelligent manner, ask insightful questions and bring something to the table…. which Michelle definitely does!

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