Things just got real.
That was the vibe today in Center City Philadelphia as the trickle of League staff, sponsor guests and media descending into the area turned into more of a river.
There were a few players showing up, too. While their midweek adversaries Chelsea kicked off at Yankee Stadium against PSG, the first group of MLS All-Stars began checking in at the team hotel, highlighted by one of the brightest of them all.
The first #MLSAllStar to roll up? None other than Thierry Henry.— MLS Insider (@MLS_Insider) July 22, 2012
While Henry may have been first, his boss for the week wasn't far behind. Bursting through the lobby doors was Ben Olsen who, despite having just returned to his old stomping grounds, was really only interested in one thing: Watching Wednesday's opponent.
Other All-Stars to check-in included the D.C. duo of DeRo and Pontius, Sporting KC's Graham Zusi, Aurelien Collin and Jimmy Nielsen and Dan Kennedy of Chivas USA. Sounders forward Eddie Johnson also flew into town, and we got were lucky enough to kick it with Eddie so he could answer a few fan questions on the MLS Facebook page.
EJ responded to as many questions as he could within the 30-minute timeframe, but also shared some good nuggets that didn't make it in the chat. One example? At halftime of the Red Bulls-Sounders match last weekend, Johnson asked Henry if they might trade jerseys after the final whistle. Henry, after all, was Johnson's idol growing up.
Only if you stop running so damn much.