It was an entertaining battle in Major League Soccer's big summer event on Wednesday night, as the MLS All-Star Team played reigning Serie A champion Juventus to a 1-1 draw in the 2018 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target, with Juventus prevailing 5-3 in the subsequent penalty shootout.
The All-Star Game, played in front of a standalone record 72,317 crowd at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, featured two teams looking to put on a show, and they did not disappoint.
After a few promising forays forward by the All-Stars Team in the opening minutes, Juventus began testing the MLS All-Stars' defense, with Brad Guzan pushed into action with two early saves. Aaron Long then had a header off a corner kick bounce off the corner of the post around the quarter-hour mark.
Andrea Favilli put Juventus ahead in the 21st minute, as he headed in Matheus Pereira's terrific curling cross.
But the MLS All-Stars tied up the game in the 26th minute. Josef Martinez headed a back post cross across the box, with Carlos Vela's shot forcing a save from Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. Ignacio Piatti then tried to chip the ball in from an impossible angle, and Martinez followed up on that chance to knock the ball in the goal.
The MLS All-Stars had a counterattack in the 39th minute, with Sebastian Giovinco sending over a cross to Ezequiel Barco, but the Argentine's volley was saved by Szczesny.
Shortly after the halftime break, Houston Dynamo forward Alberth Elis forced a save from Juventus GK Mattia Perin, and as the second half wore on Juve forward Luca Clemenza forced a stop from MLS All-Stars goalkeeper Zack Steffen. Elis put in a 45 minute shift and was active all second half on the right wing.
Diego Valeri had a late chance, with a last-gasp clearance by Medhi Benatia blocking the goal-bound shot in the 82nd minute. Darwin Quintero then attempted what is quickly becoming a trademark chip, but Perin was up to the task.