Messi, USMNT trio among stars playing in Miami World Soccer Masters friendly

Messi, USMNT trio among stars playing in Miami World Soccer Masters friendly

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Messi, USMNT trio among stars playing in Miami World Soccer Masters friendly

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A collection of some of the U.S. national team's top talent and the world's greatest soccer players will be gathering in Miami in a month for one star-studded all-star friendly. 

Clint Dempsey, Carlos Bocanegra, Jozy Altidore, Lionel Messi and Didier Drogba lead a cast of 42 players who will participate in the World Soccer Masters exhibition match June 23 at Miami's Sun Life Stadium, according to a Fox press release. The match, which will be televised on Fox Soccer Channel, is slated for a 7 p.m. first kick and will conflict with a full slate of MLS matches that night.

Other players confirmed for the all-star match, according to Fox, include Liverpool's Luis Suarez, Inter Milan's Diego Forlan and Diego Milito, Barcelona's Javier Mascherano, Atletico Madrid's Radamel Falcao and veteran Italians Alessandro Nesta and Marco Materazzi. Fox and the World Soccer Masters have reached a multi-year agreement to put on the showcase, with this summer's match being the inaugural one.

What do you think of this development? Does this friendly immediately have your attention considering who is playing? Will you plan on attending the match? 

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