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NEW YORK (AP) - The top players in Major League Soccer will face English Premier League team and FA Cup finalist Everton FC in July's MLS All-Star game at Rio Tinto Stadium.


MLS All-Stars are undefeated in five previous showcases against international competition.


2008 MLS All-Star game





•MLS All-Star Game


"We are very excited about Everton FC agreeing to be the opponent for the 2009 MLS All-Star Game," MLS commissioner Don Garber said in a league statement. "Everton is an elite European club that features many world-class players, including former MLS standout Tim Howard, who will challenge our unbeaten record against English Premier League teams in the MLS All-Star Game series."


Everton, based in Liverpool, has competed in the England's top division for a record 107 seasons and has won nine League championships. The Toffees, as they are known to their fans, advanced to the FA Cup final by defeating Manchester United on penalty kicks and will face UEFA Champions League semifinalist Chelsea FC on May 30.


"We are all looking forward to the match in Salt Lake City," said Everton manager David Moyes. "I am sure there will be a lot of interest in the game and it will be a valuable part of our preseason schedule. We always enjoy spending time in America during the summer because the facilities are first-class and there is a warm welcome wherever we go."


Everton is led by U.S. national team star Tim Howard, one of the top goalkeepers in Europe and a former MLS standout.


"I can't wait to play the MLS All-Stars," Howard said. "I will doubtless know a few of the guys from the U.S. team and I know full well that it will be a real test for us at that stage of our preseason. The fans over there always enjoy watching English teams in action and I'm sure there will be a terrific atmosphere in the stadium."


Rio Tinto Stadium, home of MLS team Real Salt Lake, boasts 20,000 seats and will host the league's midseason showcase for the first time.







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