TFC showdown with Real Esteli makes All-Star Game irrelevant for Canadian fans By Charles Posted on July 2, 2011 0 0 443 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Unless Davide Chiumiento or Eric Hassli make the squad, the MLS All-Star Game will once again be a non-event for Canadian supporters. Now that Toronto FC has the Canadian title, it will host Nicaraguan reps Real Esteli in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League preliminary stage on July 27, the exact same time that the MLS All-Stars will take on Manchester United at Red Bull Arena. Hmm. A game that means something in an international competition or an exhibition match? Well, that’s a no-brainer, right? It all seems so strange, that MLS decided once again to schedule its All-Star Game head-to-head against the CONCACAF Champions League, especially after all the #MLS4RSL messages came from head office. When Real Salt Lake got to the final, we were all informed just how important the CCL was to MLS. Then, when it comes time to schedule the All-Star Game, well, the CCL isn’t all that important again. Sigh. So unless Hassli, who is near the top of the MLS goal-scoring list, or Chiumiento, one of the top assist men in the league, make the All-Star squad, the game falls well behind TFC’s match with Real Esteli in terms of importance. I know which game I’ll be watching.