[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 RSL midfielder Kyle Beckerman has withdrawn from consideration because of injury and has been replaced on the roster.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).