MLS All-Stars fall to Arsenal, 2-1

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A late goal lifted Arsenal over the MLS All-Stars Thursday night at Avaya Stadium in San Jose.

The visitors took the lead on an 11th minute penalty. After an error by Andre Blake, Laurent Ciman had no choice but to bring down Joel Campbell in the box. The Costa Rican forward then scored from the spot.

The All-Stars equalized just before the half. Didier Drogba—no stranger to scoring against Arsenal—needed three attempts but eventually put the ball in the net. His former teammate Petr Cech made the first stop; his second was blocked off the line. The chance was set up by passes from Giovani Dos Santos and Sacha Kljestan.

The second half seemed to be petering towards penalties, but Arsenal would find a winner. Chuba Akpam’s tap-in in the 87th minute prevented the need for a shootout, and handed the All-Stars their first loss since 2013.

Since the league started taking on foreign opposition in this current All-Star Game format, MLS has nine wins and five losses.