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Italian club AS Roma to play team of MLS All-Stars

Published: Saturday, July 4 2015 1:54 p.m. MDT

AS Roma forward Mattia Destro, second from right, celebrates with teammates Miralem Pjanic, left, and Marquinho  after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Napoli, at Rome's Olympic stadium, Sunday, May 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca) (Riccardo De Luca, AP) AS Roma forward Mattia Destro, second from right, celebrates with teammates Miralem Pjanic, left, and Marquinho after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Napoli, at Rome's Olympic stadium, Sunday, May 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca) (Riccardo De Luca, AP)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Italian club AS Roma, led by U.S. star Michael Bradley, will play a team made up of the best players in Major League Soccer in the league's annual All-Star game on July 31.

Roma is the first Serie A club to play in the MLS All-Star game, which traditionally pits one of the top international clubs in the world against the best players in the United States.

The MLS All-Stars are 6-2-1 against international clubs, including Manchester United, Everton FC, Chelsea FC and Club Deportivo Guadalajara.

Roma views the All-Star game as an opportunity to expand its global brand. The club, founded in 1927, became the first Serie A club to be owned by foreigners when a four-man group of Americans purchased a majority interest in August 2011.

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