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Picks by coaches, commissioner round out All-Star squad
by Ridge Mahoney, July 20th, 2010 1:11AM
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[MLS] The MLS All-Star Game is one of the league’s glamour events, yet this year the showcase exhibition will be upstaged somewhat by that pesky competitive calendar. Seattle plays a Concacaf Champions League match that conflicts with Manchester United’s visit to Reliant Stadium a week from Wednesday, so no Sounders were selected by All-Stars coach Bruce Arena nor Commissioner Don Garber when they rounded out the squad with their selections.

Garber chose veteran forwards Jaime Moreno and Brian Ching. Arena, with four of his Galaxy players already voted to the original XI announced last week, selected goalkeeper Nick Rimando; defenders Kevin Alston, Jonathan Bornstein, Wilman Conde and Heath Pearce; midfielders Sebastien Le Toux, David Ferreira, Brad Davis, Shalrie Joseph and Jeff Larentowicz; and forward Juan Pablo Angel.

TFC and the Galaxy play Champions’ League matches next Tuesday, one day before the All-Star Game. Both MLS teams play at home, so the travel to Houston is feasible unless fatigue or injuries exclude players from All-Star participation.

Kansas City, San Jose and Seattle are the only teams shut out of the All-Star selections. RSL midfielder Kyle Beckerman has withdrawn from consideration because of injury and has been replaced on the roster. He suffered a torn tendon in his left foot in late May and hasn’t played since the injury.

Manchester United is the fifth English Premier League team to face an MLS All-Star team. The All-Stars are 3-0-1 in games against Fulham (4-1), Chelsea (1-0), West Ham United (3-2) and Everton (1-1), though Everton won a penalty-kick shootout. The All-Stars have also beaten Guadalajara (3-1) and Glasgow Celtic (2-0) in other matches against club teams.

Manchester United is on a five-game tour of North America, which began in Toronto Friday with a 3-1 victory over Celtic. Man. United plays Kansas City and Philadelphia this week before taking on the All-Stars.

2010 MLS All-Star Roster
Goalkeepers -- Donovan Ricketts (Los Angeles), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).

Defenders -- Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles), Chad Marshall (Columbus), Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Wilman Conde (Chicago), Kevin Alston (New England).

Midfielders -- Dwayne De Rosario ( Toronto FC ), Marco Pappa (Chicago), Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake), Guillermo Barros Schelotto (Columbus) Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia), David Ferreira (FC Dallas), Brad Davis (Houston), Shalrie Joseph (New England), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado).

Forwards -- Edson Buddle , Landon Donovan (both Los Angeles), Juan Pablo Angel (New York), Brian Ching (Houston), Jaime Moreno (D.C. United).

Coaches: Bruce Arena (Los Angeles), Dominic Kinnear (Houston).

  1. Mj Lee
    commented on: July 20, 2010 at 9:05 a.m.
    Here's a tongue twister: How much more meaningless can Garber make the MLS All-Star game? Limit the roster to one team instead of the traditional east-west thing. Check. Play some famous club's reserve team. Check. Schedule it for a weeknight. Check. Schedule it so that some all-stars can't attend due to "more important" games. Check. Eliminate fun events for fans. Check. Does ANYONE care about this game? Probably not even Don Garber.
  1. Randall and barbara Smith
    commented on: July 20, 2010 at 10:25 a.m.
    Yes, there are people that care and look forward to attending the All-Star game every year. It is fun! Try it and you might enjoy seeing the game.
  1. Tim King
    commented on: July 20, 2010 at 10:47 a.m.
    I agree with Mr. Lee. The All-Star match is about as meaningful and exciting as the MLS Draft. Boring and Useless. I am waiting for the day that MLS is exciting both on the pitch and behind the scenes (trades, transfers, real rosters, etc). Until then, well, you're lookin' at it. wow.
  1. Bill Anderson
    commented on: July 20, 2010 at 11:05 a.m.
    While some complain, I will be there supporting the league. It is certainly the best all-star game of any league in any sport.
  1. Raveen Rama
    commented on: July 20, 2010 at 2:30 p.m.
    This is the second positive remark I have read from Randall and Barbara Smith. I hope more people will look at the positive side instead of always comlaining. Then perhaps we can help build on for better things. Way to go Randall and Barbara!!
  1. Anthony Pignataro
    commented on: July 20, 2010 at 2:45 p.m.
    No Tim Ream? Only best defender in the league right now.
  1. Charles Womack
    commented on: July 20, 2010 at 8:35 p.m.
    No Tim Ream is a travesty, rookie or not. When will the league wise up and reward it's up and comers? A shame he's not going to get a chance to play against Man U.

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