All-Stars at the Dick

The 2007 Sierra Mist Major League Soccer All-Star Game, taking place tonight at 7 p.m. at the splendid Dick's Sporting Goods Park, was supposed to trumpet the arrival of Sir David of Beckham to America. Though this rumor was never confirmed, it was widely reported, and many assumed it to be the case. He'd be free of waivers from Real Madrid by then, right? Why wouldn't Beckham debut in the All-Star Game? Because Emperor Philip Anschutz probably wanted the mystique (read: profit) of Beckham's inaugural outing to benefit his team, the Los Angeles Galaxy, as opposed to the entire league, that's why. But that hasn't deterred hungry soccer fans from snatching up tickets to tonight's game to see eighteen MLS All-Stars -- including the Rapids' own Pablo Mastroeni -- do battle with the legendary Celtic FC, a storied Scottish soccer club that had an impressive run in last year's Champions League.