As Houston midfielder Brad Davis glided across the Sporting Park field prior to Wednesdays MLS All-Star Game, he was surprised to hear the fans ... booing him?
By PETE GRATHOFF
The Kansas City Star
No, not in this case. The faithful were simply showing their appreciation for the guy running with Davis: Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi.
Some of the fans were yelling ZEUS! Davis said, and I was like, What? Cmon man.
Zusi had to explain that those werent boos. Not that it would have ruined Davis night. He had nothing but high praise for the job Sporting did.
It was fun, Davis said. I love coming to this stadium. Obviously, its a great stadium, a great organization. They really did a great job treating us well. The stadium and facilities they have here are awesome, so its always good to come here.
Well, its not always great for Davis to come to Sporting Park when hes playing with Houston. The Dynamo has proved to be a thorn in Sportings side the last two years, knocking KC from the playoffs twice.
But Wednesday, all the MLS players were the good guys.
That goes for a player who in just a few days will be certain to hear a few boos.
Forward Thierry Henry and the Red Bulls will be playing Sporting Kansas City on Saturday. While Henrys teammates will arrive Friday, Henry said he would hang out in Kansas City and spend some time with Sporting KC defender Aurelien Collin.
Will they head to Le Fou Frog? Maybe, but Henry said hes certainly going to get some barbecue.
Then come Saturday, hell be the bad guy again.
The fans know the difference between the All-Star team and when they are supporting the All-Star team, Henry said. And when they have to support Sporting KC, they will and thats the way that it is.
Henry was impressed with how Kansas City came out for Wednesdays game and all of the events leading up to the match.
And Henry said that Roma was undoubtedly going to come away with good things to say as were previous teams that competed in the MLS All-Star Game.
The reception of the whole city was amazing, Henry said. There was a question whether it would better to go back to the East-West format (instead of MLS All-Stars vs. a foreign club).
For me at the end of the day, they speak about the league (MLS) in Italy, and they speak about the league in England. It can only be good for the league. Its the right format. We didnt win today, but we got the right exposure for the league.
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