[MLS ALL-STAR GAME] Eight U.S. World Cup players joined forwards Landon Donovan, Thierry Henry and Obafemi Martins as the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Fan XI for the Aug. 6 match against German champion Bayern Munich at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon. The 20-player MLS All-Star squad, as picked by All-Star coach Caleb Porter,will be announced during halftime of Saturday's ESPN2 broadcast of the Sporting Kansas City-LA Galaxy game.
U.S. men’s national team captain Clint Dempsey is one of three Seattle Sounders on the team along with DeAndre Yedlin and Martins. Two players each from the LA Galaxy (Omar Gonzalez and Donovan), Sporting Kansas City (Graham Zusi and Matt Besler) and Real Salt Lake (Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman) were picked. Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) and Henry round out the team.
The Fan XI consisted of the players who received the most votes at their respective positions from combined fan voting online at MLSsoccer.com and via Twitter. Martins earned his place on the Fan XI as the AT&T/EA Sports “More than a Vote” Challenge winner. Fans scored more than one million goals with Martins in FIFA 14.
The All-Star Game will be televised live on ESPN2 and UniMas starting at 9:30 p.m. ET.
2014 MLS All-Star Fan XI:
Goalkeeper:Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders:Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders)
Midfielders:Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC)
Forwards:Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), *Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders).
*AT&T/EA Sports “More than a Vote” Challenge winner.