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Countdown to kickoff: MLS stars to attack in 3-4-3?

It's MLS All-Star day. Here's my preview story from this morning's paper, dealing mostly with the four Sounders.

Meanwhile, here's a note from the MLS preview, which implies the MLS plans to put its offensive assets on display for the ESPN2 prime-time audience:

Although MLS All-Stars Coach Dominic Kinnear will make his final decisions on a starting lineup Wednesday, he tentatively plans to field a 3-4-3 alignment with four of the most productive players in the League this season leading the attack.

Colorado Rapids targetman Conor Casey will spearhead the attack and look to dish to crafty wingers Cuauhtémoc Blanco and Fredy Montero. Orchestrating the midfield will be Seattle Sounders FC's darting Swede, Freddie Ljungberg, flanked by Houston Dynamo creators Stuart Holden and Brad Davis. The MLS All-Stars front six have totaled 30 goals and 29 assists just past the halfway point of the season.

Anchoring the center could be Kyle Beckerman, making his first All-Star appearance in front of his own Real Salt Lake fans. The back line is likely to feature three imposing, athletic and skillful defenders – Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew) between Wilman Conde (Chicago Fire) and Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo). In goal will be U.S. national team great Kasey Keller, also of Sounders FC.

Meanwhile, local papers have done a nice job with their pregame covers: Here's the Salt Lake Tribune, here's the Deseret News.

Here's the Everton site.

I'll report back from the stadium in the late afternoon and then keep a running blog going from the game.