One team featured the likes of Tab Ramos, Carlos Valderrama and Alexi Lalas, while the other had Preki, Cobi Jones and Eric Wynalda. Sounds pretty stacked, huh?
That sort of star power was on display back on July 14, 1996 at Giants Stadium for the first MLS All-Star Game, and that’s the scene for our latest MLS Classics installment. This ASG featured the Eastern Conference’s best against the Western Conference’s elite, and over 78,000 fans attended as excitement for the inaugural MLS season swelled.
This was the first of six East vs. West ASGs that unfolded from 1996 through 2004. MLS’s best have competed against top clubs from Europe ever since, with matches against Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Juventus and Real Madrid all featured in previous MLS Classic streams.
You can check out the full rosters below, with plenty of legends found on both squads. Be sure to peruse the full MLS Classics archive, too, when you get the chance.