Jack McInerney, Philadelphia Union (June 1, 2013)

All-Star Game: MLS' regional Best XIs - which group could take down AS Roma? | THE SIDELINE

The quality of on-field play in Major League Soccer has improved leaps and bounds over the last decade, that is plan for all to see. Part of that comes down to the signings of expensive foreign talent — Thierry Henry and Robbie Keane, anyone? — as well as MLS teams turning very good college soccer playes into very good professional soccer players — Graham Zusi and Chris Wondolowski come to mind.

Whichever direction you point to explain the uptick in MLS' quality of on-field product, you can be sure of one thing: It's a diverse league. There's enough players in the league from every major soccer continent in the world — North and Central America, South America, Europe — the United States, and even a tiny little Ohio college, to field entire teams and realistically compete with one another.

So that's exactly what we did: We created those regional teams completely out of MLS players. A couple of them might even be able to hang with 2013 MLS All-Star Game opponent, AS Roma, but we'll let you decide which those are. Here's a look at some of MLS' Regional Best XIs.

All-American XI

Nick Rimando

Zach Loyd, Omar Gonzalez, Matt Besler, Seth Sinovic

Landon Donovan, Dax McCarty, Kyle Beckerman, Graham Zusi

Jack McInerney, Chris Wondolowski

Elsewhere in CONCACAF XI

Donovan Ricketts

Roy Miller, Jermaine Taylor, Víctor Bernárdez, Rodney Wallace

Boniek García, Osvaldo Alonso, Will Johnson

Álvaro Saborío, Blas Pérez, Jairo Arrieta

South American XI

Raúl Fernández

Jair Benítez, Gláuber, Jámison Olave, Michel

Diego Valeri, Juninho, Javier Morales, Jackson

Federico Higuaín, Claudio Bieler

European XI

Jimmy Nielsen

Aurélien Collin, Alessandro Nesta, José Gonçalves, Hassoun Camara

Adam Moffat, Giles Barnes, Sébastien Le Toux

Thierry Henry, Marco Di Vaio, Robbie Keane

Akron Zips XI

Evan Bush

DeAndre Yedlin, Perry Kitchen, Kofi Sarkodie

Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Will Trapp, Steve Zakuani, Darlington Nagbe, Ben Zemanski

Darren Mattocks, Ben Speas

Bald XI

Matt Reis

Aurélien Collin, Djimi Traore, Jamison Olave, Hassoun Camara

Boniek García, Nigel Reo-Coker, Osvaldo Alonso

Marco Di Vaio, Conor Casey, Omar Cummings

What do you think? Which one of those squads could show best against AS Roma? Who would win if the groups tangled in a five-team group stage round robin tournament? Oh, and where did we mess up and leave guys off a team?


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