Lalas, Donovan, Esky to ring bell

Major League Soccer All-Stars Landon Donovan (San Jose Earthquakes) and Alecko Eskandarian (D.C. United) will join San Jose Earthquakes general manager and former U.S. World Cup star Alexi Lalas in the ringing of the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Tuesday at 9:25 a.m. ET. The trio will join MLS deputy commissioner Ivan Gazidis, MLS chief operating cfficer Mark Abbott and other Sierra Mist and NYSE executives as the 2004 Sierra Mist MLS All-Star Game is celebrated at the Opening Bell ceremony.

The 2004 Sierra Mist MLS All-Star Game will be held at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on Saturday as the Eastern Conference All-Stars battle the Western Conference in a live televised match on ABC Sports at 2 p.m. ET. Eskandarian, a forward for D.C. United will represent the East, while Donovan, the 2001 All-Star MVP, will lead the West.

The 2004 Sierra Mist MLS All-Star Weekend is an extravaganza of soccer-themed events and programs, all of which aim to pay tribute to the past, present and future of American soccer. Through clinics, on-field presentations, pre-game and halftime ceremonies, "Soccer Celebration" events for families and youth, player autograph sessions and more, MLS and Sierra Mist will recognize the importance of youth participation as the future of our sport.

Preceding the 2004 Sierra Mist MLS All-Star Game, the MLS USA Legends, featuring Lalas, will take on the MLS World Legends in an MLS Celebration Game. The league honors the tradition, history and pioneers of modern professional soccer in the United States by hosting the match, which will largely feature U.S. and international players who participated in the 1994 World Cup and then went on to play in MLS. The legends game will kick off at 12:30 p.m. ET, with two 25-minute halves divided by a 10-minute halftime.


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