Messi, Drogba, USMNT trio set for World Soccer Masters exhibition match

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The stars will be out in Miami on Saturday night.

The World Soccer Masters takes place at Sun Life Stadium, with a cast of stars from around the world led by Lionel Messi and U.S. national team stars Clint Dempsey, Carlos Bocanegra and Jozy Altidore taking to the field in the exhibition event (7 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel).

Coached by Brazilian legend Dunga, Messi's side contains other firepower in the form of former Chelsea striker and UEFA Champions League hero Didier Drogba and Argentine and Napoli standout Ezequiel Lavezzi.

They are opposed by Capello's Masters, a team coached by recent England manager Fabio Capello and one that is slated to field the American trio in addition to Radamel Falcao, Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan.

Here are the tentative rosters for Saturday night's match, according to match organizers:



GOALKEEPERS: Jose Pinto (Barcelona)

DEFENDERS: Dani Alves (Barcelona), Alessandro Nesta (Unattached), Diego Lugano (Paris-St. Germain), Martin DeMechelis (Malaga), Andre Santos (Arsenal)

MIDFIELDERS: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Marek Hamsik (Napoli), Ariel Ortega (Defensores de Belgrano), Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), Jhon Viafara (Junior de Barranquilla)

FORWARDS: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Didier Drogba (Shanghai Shenhua), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli), Diego Milito (Inter Milan), Jose Salomon Rondon (Malaga)


GOALKEEPERS: Guillermo Ochoa (Ajaccio)

DEFENDERS: Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Marco Materazzi (Unattached), Lucio (Inter Milan), Fabio Cannavaro (Al-Ahli)

MIDFIELDERS: Walter Gargano (Napoli), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), James Rodriguez (Porto) 

FORWARDS: Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Luis Suarez (Liverpool), Diego Forlan (Inter Milan), Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid), Edinson Cavani (Napoli), Daniel Osvaldo (Roma)

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26 Responses to Messi, Drogba, USMNT trio set for World Soccer Masters exhibition match

  1. Madaoua05 says:

    This event seems bizarre – a random collection of talent, an abnormal venue/city, and a very quiet hype.

  2. Drew_ROC says:

    at it appears Jozy, Los and Deuce are on the “Washington Generals” for this game

  3. fenel1 says:

    Ortega is still alive? i got to watch this game

  4. The Imperative Voice says:

    Oh, it will never equal Free Kick Masters on the bizarre scale.

  5. NE Matt says:

    Just don’t get hurt guys

  6. Rlw2020 says:

    HAHA! Seriously they seem a bit understaffed for going up vs drogba and messi and co.

  7. Mike22 says:

    Jose Pinto? Barcelona’s backup GK. That makes sense.

    Also, I’ve never heard of Viafara.

  8. El Principio says:

    1. There’s no way tackling is allowed in this game.

    2. The night scene in Miami is going to be bananas.

  9. dcpohl says:

    Again what is this?

  10. Gnarls says:

    The only explanation is $$$.

  11. Vic says:

    Is this a good idea. Don’t players such as Dempsey and others need a break to recover?

  12. Joe+G says:

    With only one GK each, I wouldn’t expect too much effort between the sticks.

  13. mwc says:

    I’m on the side of this being a terrible idea for any player who is still pursuing a professional career. I know it benefits Messi’s foundation, but just send a check, boys.

  14. giggity says:

    What is Bocanegra doing there?

  15. Turgid Jacobian says:

    So this is a benefit? That fact might be useful to point out in the article, authors!

  16. Michael Stypulkoski says:

    Relax, guys, this is nothing more than a scrimmage. It will be no more dangerous than an average practice session (actually, probably much less so, since no one is trying to impress a coach/earn a roster spot).

    Hopefully our boys can match the flair that Messi and Drogba will undoubtedly show.

  17. soccerhorn says:

    Did you hear? To make the game more exciting (ok, bizarre), they are going to use two balls at once.

  18. solles says:

    he’s Jello Biafra’s cousin.

  19. jones says:

    yeah, why the Fk is Dempsey bothering with this?

  20. ben in el cajon says:

    Thank you. California, Ueber Alles.

  21. Wm. says:

    I am definitely tuning in if that’s true!

  22. jones says:

    Bigger goals!!! Then the scoreline will be more like REAL football…

  23. BigGreenSoccer says:

    Smaller endzones and narrowing of the field goal posts!!! Then the scoreline will be more like REAL futbol…

  24. happyjuggler0 says:

    I want to hear the crowd sing the Clint Dempsey Song.

  25. The Imperative Voice says:

    Teddy Sheringham is not on either roster.

  26. Matt C in tampa says:

    i thought Clint was pulled from the match by ffc?

    guess not