Calvo in tunnel before Saprissa

Prior to the announcement that Darwin Quintero would be joining him in Atlanta, we spoke to Francisco Calvo about what being selected as Minnesota United’s first All-Star means to him and he wants to get out of the chance to represent the team as the MLS All-Stars face off against Italian juggernaut Juventus on Wednesday, August 1 at 6:30 p.m. CT.
What does it mean to represent MNUFC at the All-Star Game?

It means a lot. I am the first guy they picked from the club, so it is an honor to be there. I just want to represent the team well and represent myself well if I get the chance to play. I want to enjoy the moment and try to do my best because I am pretty sure Tata and all of the guys over there want to get the win.

Is there any special significance to getting the nod from a coach as well-respected as Tata Martino?

He is Tata. He knows a lot about football. If he selected me, it is because he sees something special in me. I am just grateful to him because he gave me that opportunity.

Given that the game is an exhibition, do you think you might have a bit more of a chance to get forward and make something happen with the ball?

Trust me, if I have the chance to cut one ball and look for it, I am going to do the things that I always try to do in my career and with my clubs. I just want to enjoy the moment. If I have the opportunity to score it could be awesome.

If Darwin gets the chance to join you in Atlanta, what would it mean to have a teammate along with you for this experience?

That could be fantastic. Darwin deserves it. He has been really important for us. He has scored a lot of goals for us. If they call him to All-Star, it is well-deserved.