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HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Having played for some of the world’s best teams, Thierry Henry knows the MLS All Stars will face a daunting task against Manchester United in the league’s annual mid-season classic.

And that’s putting it mildly.

The MLS will be fielding a team at Red Bull Arena that has practiced together for roughly two hours and will be missing Galaxy forward Landon Donovan (groin) and midfielder Bred Shea because of a commitment to represent FC Dallas in a CONCACAF game.

It’s a collection of some past-their-prime stars and young talent against probably the second-best team in the world in Manchester United, the defending Barclays Premier League champions and the runner-up to FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League title game.

For soccer fans in the United States, it a show. It’s not the MLS trying to prove it is as good as Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad.

The game is Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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