Hello, Kansas City!
The AT&T MLS All-Star Game may be held on Wednesday, but festivities here in the City of Fountains have already kicked off. Here's a rundown of the action so far.
A huge shoutout to Secret Walls, a global live art battle that took the stage on Saturday night thanks to Windows 8 for some VW car-painting. Our words don't really do it justice.
On Sunday, we started off bright and early at Power & Light where the Volkswagen Jersey Run 5K brought together over 500 participants for a jaunt through downtown KC.
A few players from Sporting KC made the trip to cheer on the runners and as the day progressed, one of them stuck around for pretty much everything else.
So yeah, Aurelien Collin was everywhere on Sunday. He was suspended for Sporting KC's match on Saturday night, so he was putting in work all day here instead.
Following the 5K, the Castrol Futboleros took the stage with some serious help from the crowd.
MLS WORKS was also on site, as they will be throughout the week, allowing fans the opportunity to take the Don't Cross the Line pledge. They had a couple great ambassadors on this day.
Of course, the main event for many was the Gold Cup final, broadcast live on the big screen at Power & Light. Hey, look who decided to show up.
While Collin was signing autographs and kissing babies outside, Social HQ was humming right along.
We even had a special guest of our own.
After the final it was time for some exercise. A group was quickly organized for a kickaround at the Liberty Memorial.
Playing pickup in KC at Liberty Memorial. Be gentle. #MLSallstar— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas) July 28, 2013
Think there's an All-Star Game happening here?
Finally, with everything in place, the weekend's matches all but completed, the MLS All-Stars began to filter in. We found Marco Di Vaio and Patrice Bernier in the hotel lobby, ready to get down to business.
Best part is, it's only going to get busier around these parts.