Watch here MLS All-Star Game 2018 Live .LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not play in the Major League Soccer All-Star Game on Wednesday in Atlanta.The Galaxy announced that Ibrahimovic will miss the game against Juventus because of a heavy slate of league games and the travel involved.”I am disappointed to miss the 2018 All-Star game against Juventus, one of my former clubs,” Ibrahimovic said in a statement released by the club. “I want to thank the fans for voting me to the team. My main focus is to score goals and help the LA Galaxy to the playoffs.”
Ibrahimovic has scored 15 goals and had six assists since joining the Galaxy in the spring.MLS rules will require him to miss LA’s first game immediately following the All-Star Game, a match Saturday against Colorado.
Teams have until 1 p.m. PDT on Tuesday to swing a trade without waivers, meaning it could be the last chance for contenders to land some top targets. Could Bryce Harper really be on the move? Will the Rays find a new home for Chris Archer? What about the Rangers and Adrian Beltre? Giants outfielder Andrew McCutchen, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier and Rays reliever Sergio Romo could go, too.
Meanwhile, there hasn’t been any movement from the Mets to trade Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard, though Zach Wheeler could still wind up elsewhere.Sporting Kansas City (9-6-6, 33 points) will look to bounce back from Saturday’s 3-2 home defeat to FC Dallas when the club travels to meet rivals Houston Dynamo (7-8-6, 27 points) this Saturday. Kickoff at BBVA Compass Stadium is set for 8 p.m. CT, with three hours of live television coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. CT on FOX Sports Kansas City Plus, FOX Sports Midwest Plus and FOX Sports GO.
Listeners can catch Saturday’s Western Conference clash on Sports Radio 810 WHB (English) and ESPN Deportes KC 1480 AM (Spanish), with The Final Whistle postgame show airing immediately afterward on 810 WHB. In conjunction with the match, a Special Olympics Unified Exchange Game between athletes from Special Olympics Kansas City and Special Olympics Houston will take place at BBVA Compass Stadium, starting approximately 30 minutes after #HOUvSKC.
All supporters are welcome to the official watch party for Saturday’s match at No Other Pub in the Kansas City Power & Light District (1370 Grand Blvd.). Beginning at 7:30 p.m. CT, No Other Pub will offer $6 Till Vodka cocktails and an all-you-can-eat buffet with bottomless soda and domestic draft beers.
Up to four Sporting KC players will take the field this week during 2018 MLS All-Star Atlanta, highlighted by Tuesday’s MLS Homegrown Game presented by Energizer and Wednesday’s MLS All-Star Game presented by Target. Defender Jaylin Lindsey and midfielder Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal will join the MLS Homegrown Team to face the Tigres UANL U-20s in the MLS Homegrown Game on Tuesday at 7 p.m. CT. The match will be livestreamed exclusively on Twitter via live.twitter.com/mlsenunivision and @MLS from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground in Atlanta.
On Wednesday, midfielder Ilie Sanchez and defender Graham Zusi will join the MLS All-Star Team as the league’s best players square off with Italian powerhouse Juventus in the 2018 MLS All-Star Game at 6:30 p.m. CT. The summer showcase at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta will air live on ESPN and UniMas.
Prior to Tuesday’s Homegrown Game, MLS WORKS and ESPN will host the 2018 Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star Soccer Match at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground. Slated to kick off at 5 p.m. CT, the game will stream live on the MLS YouTube channel, with two youth athletes — Xavier Seaton and Jaydn Hickel — set to represent Sporting KC as Western Conference All-Stars.
A new episode of The Sporting KC Show will air at 7 p.m. CT Tuesday on Sports Radio 810 WHB. Hosts Nate Bukaty and Carter Augustine will look ahead to Wednesday’s MLS All-Star Game and preview Saturday’s pivotal matchup between Sporting KC and Houston.
Sporting KC invites all fans to the First Fridays Block Party this Friday in the Crossroads Arts District (2020 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, MO). The free event will run from 5-9 p.m. CT, featuring yard games, free beer and a food and beverage pairing, and the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a free Sporting KC sampling glass. The food and beverage pairing will take place from 5-7 p.m. CT, while beverage stations and yard games will be open for the duration of the event. In addition, SportingStyle merchandise will be available for purchase. Click here to RSVP to the summer celebration.
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Led by head coach Paulo Nagamura, the Swope Park Rangers (9-7-5, 32 points) will resume their 2018 USL campaign this week with a two-game road trip to Southern California. SPR will battle LA Galaxy II (5-11-4, 19 points) at 9:30 p.m. CT Wednesday at StubHub Center in Carson before meeting Orange County SC (11-6-4, 37 points) at 9 p.m. CT Saturday at Championship Soccer Stadium in Irvine. Both matches will stream live on ESPN+.
Competing under the gamer name SKC Alekzandur, Kansas City native Alex Betancourt will compete at the 2018 FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final this week at The O2 Arena in London. Alekzandur, one of 32 finalists who qualified via the FIFA 18 Global Series, will now battle it out for the main prize – the title of FIFA eWorld Cup champion, $250,000 in prize money and a trip to the Best FIFA Football Awards this fall. Live scores will be available on fifa.gg, with the group stage taking place Thursday and Friday and the knockout rounds set for Friday night and Saturday.