The Federation of International Lacrosse World Games are fast approaching, and the U.S. men’s national team that will be competing in Manchester, England July 15-24 has a big test this week leading up to that. A record 30 nations will be competing.

The national team takes on Major League Lacrosse’s All-Stars in a special edition of the annual MLL All-Star Game on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Harvard Stadium in Boston. The game will be shown live on ESPN2.

For more on the game, click here.

The U.S., which has won eight World titles in its history, fell to Canada 15-10 in the 2006 title game.

The World team includes several players from the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region, and Army head coach Joe Alberici is an assistant on the team under head coach Mike Pressler. To check out the team’s roster, click here. For individual player bios for members of the U.S. team, click here.

The U.S. team, which will compete in the Blue group, starts action on July 16 at 7:30 p.m. vs. Australia before facing Canada on July 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Iroquois on July 18 at 4:30 p.m. For a look at the schedule, click here.

Click here for a look at the history of the World Championships.

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