If it turns out to be anything like the August legends match, Saturday’s Game of the Stars between the Mexican Legends and the World All-Stars at PGE Park will be electric. The passion and excitement of the fans alone will draw me to the match, but the intriguing lineups of the two teams should make for some interesting, possibly skillful, soccer:
Among those representing the Mexican Legends are goalkeeper Jorge Campos, and midfielders Missael Espinoza and Marcelino Bernal. Campos earned 130 caps with the Mexican National Team and competed in the 1994 and 1996 World Cups. He was an inaugural member of Major League Soccer and played in 51 matches from 1996-1998 with the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chicago Fire. Campos also served as an assistant coach for Mexico’s 2006 World Cup team. Combined, Espinoza and Bernal have 106 caps with the Mexican National Team and both were members of Mexico’s 1994 World Cup squad.
Highlighting the World All-Stars roster are Argentine goalkeeper Hector Miguel Zelada, forward Daniel “Ruso” Brailovsky of Uruguay and Italian-American player Carmelo D’Anzi. Brailovsky has the distinction of representing three different countries at various international levels during his career. Born in Uruguay, Brailovsky was a member of Uruguay’s Youth National Team before his family moved to Argentina. He would go on to earn three caps with the Argentina National Team in 1982 and then 13 caps with Israel’s National Team from 1986-88. Brailovzky is now a correspondent and reporter for ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Zelada was a member of Argentina’s 1986 FIFA World Cup championship team while D’Anzi, at the age of 16, helped the Tulsa Roughnecks win the North American Soccer League title in 1983.