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Liverpool the All Star opponent of choice for some Union fans

25 January 4:35 pm

Liverpool the All Star opponent of choice for some Union fans

By Shawn Francis

Did you watch the live broadcast of the 2012 All Star game press conference yesterday? Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz was absolutely beaming.

And why not? After all the guy did play a pivotal role in bringing soccer to Philly, even funding the first four months of the endeavor on his personal Amex card, so you'd expect that he'd be as happy as an unmarked forward in the 18 yd-box.

But what about the fans? How do the Philadelphia faithful feel about the league's summer showcase coming to town?

"It's going to be fantastic," says Liverpool native and Son of Ben Mark Jenkinson. "It's great that they're all starting to take place in purpose-built stadiums."

Now knowing where Jenkinson hails from you will be in no way shocked to learn who his choice of dream ASG opponent is.

"Obviously Liverpool," he offers with a laugh, "or any really top-tier club. I'd really like to see East v. West again though. It may not have the draw of playing against a Real Madrid but it's definitely in the spirit of what an All Star game is all about."

He's not alone in his desire to see Liverpool trade in the Mersey for the Delaware River.

"I'd love to see Liverpool, Barcelona of course. Pretty much anyone except Manchester United."

Those are the words of Union fan Kelly Christine Delaney who is something of an all-inclusive All Star game fan.

"I was at the NBA All-Star game when it was in Philadelphia, I was at the MLB All Star game when it was at Veteran's Stadium and I'll be at the NBA All Star game again this year," says Delaney. "It's fun. They always feel like a Harlem Globetrotters game, even the baseball one, because there's a lot of showboating and everyone is there to have a good time. At the end of the night I can go home without being upset whether we won or lost."