LA Galaxy stars Giovani dos Santos and Jelle Van Damme were selected to their second consecutive MLS All-Star game. Last season, they took part against Arsenal and started for the MLS squad, logging in 45 minutes of action.
This year, the two All-Stars will take on Real Madrid on Aug. 3 at Soldier Field. Dos Santos is honored at his selection according to Adam Serrano of LA Galaxy:
“I always feel very happy to be able to play these games. I’m really happy and excited,” Dos Santos, who famously played for Madrid’s archrival Barcelona, told LA Galaxy Insider. “I think that it’s great to be able to represent this league in marquee games.”
Dos Santos has tallied six goals in 12 appearances for the Galaxy. Injuries and international duty have kept him away from the team but in the brief games he has been a part of, he has forged a nice partnership with Romain Alessandrini.
Meanwhile, Van Damme is overjoyed at making his second straight All=Star team and is looking forward to the match against Los Blancos:
“It’s always an honor and very fun. We’ll be able to play against one of the biggest teams in the world,” Van Damme said. “It was a good group last year, so it’ll be very fun. It’s an honor.”
Van Damme has continued to build on his impressive first year with the Galaxy as the team’s captain for the 2017 MLS season. On the season, he has 81 clearances and 30 blocks in 15 appearances for Los Angeles and has contributed a goal and an assist.
Last season, both played an entire half for the All-Stars and could very well play the same amount of minutes this time around. Dos Santos scored against Manchester United and provided last season’s assist at the All-Star game. Van Damme boasts plenty of European experience against high-profile clubs and will be up for the task against Madrid’s attacking force.