MLS All-Stars vs. Atletico Madrid: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Team News

If the MLS All-Stars were in any doubt of what they would be up against when they face Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, the Spanish team's latest outing will have cleared up any lingering questions.

Diego Simeone's men annihilated local rivals Real Madrid with a spectacular 7-3 win in the International Champions Cup on Friday night at MetLife Stadium, New Jersey.

As is often the case, Diego Costa took center stage. The Spaniard scored four goals, including a first-half hat-trick, as his team took a 6-0 lead. Costa then proceeded to get himself sent off after being embroiled in a fight with Real's Dani Carvajal, who was also red-carded.

Despite Costa's sending off, Atletico extended its lead to 7-1, before Real scored two late goals.

The red card was the second Atletico received in two preseason friendlies, proof if needed that Simeone's men do not take matches lightly.

Miss any of @atletienglish’s five first-half goals against @realmadriden?

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— International Champions Cup (@IntChampionsCup) July 27, 2019

The Argentine was pleased with the win over Real, particularly given club-record signing Joao Felix was on target and Kieran Trippier looked comfortable in his second outing for the club.

Atletico forked out $141 million to sign the Portuguese wunderkind from Benfica, while the Englishman was a $24.5 million signing from Tottenham Hotspur.

Despite the resounding win, Simeone insisted the result was not a reliable reflection of the gap between the two teams.

"We prepared for the game well. Having seen Madrid, we looked for where we could harm them," he was quoted as saying by Spanish newspaper Marca.

"We tried to find good places when they released the ball. We were very precise, that in football is important.

"I do not consider this match to be the reality of a potential gap between each other."

Here's everything you need to know ahead of Wednesday.

Diego Costa, Atletico Madrid
Diego Costa of Atletico Madrid celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 0-5 during the 2019 International Champions Cup match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at MetLife Stadium on July 26 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty

When and where is the game?

The MLS All Stars take on Atletico at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida, with kick-off scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 31.

TV coverage

The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 in English and UniMas in Spanish.

Live stream

Live stream will be available via FOX Sports' website, as well on FOX Sports' digital platforms and fuboTV.


The MLS All-Stars have not won a game against European opponents since they beat Tottenham Hotspur in 2015, but pushed Juventus all the way last season, losing on penalties to the Serie A giants.

Atletico, meanwhile, needed a penalty shootout to have the better of Guadalajara on Tuesday night, after the game ended 0-0 in regulation.

The performance was quickly forgotten on Friday, when Atletico trounced local rivals Real Madrid with a stunning 7-3 win at MetLife Stadium.

Diego Costa scored four goals, including a first-half hat-trick, before getting himself sent off.

Team News

Orlando City coach James O'Connor has an abundance of attacking riches at his disposal, with current MLS top scorer Carlos Vela and the reigning Golden Boot Josef Martinez both available.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney provide plenty of experience and remain a major goal threat, having scored a combined 27 goals this season. Elsewhere, New York City FC's Maxi Moralez, the current MLS' assist leader, and Orlando City's Nani should supply plenty of creativity.

The challenge for O'Connor, as for any manager in charge of an All-Star team, is to get players who don't play with each other week in, week out, familiarized with a new system and teammates.

Atletico manager Diego Simeone, meanwhile, could rotate his team in a bid to freshen up some tired legs as the Colchoneros still have two friendlies to play before the season begins on August 18.

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About the writer

Dan Cancian is currently a reporter for Newsweek based in London, England. Prior to joining Newsweek in January 2018, he was a news and business reporter at International Business Times UK. Dan has also written for The Guardian and The Observer. 

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