HOUSTON - MAY 29: Forward Brian Ching #25 of the Houston Dynamo puts a header on goal against the Philadelphia Union at Robertson Stadium on May 29, 2010 in Houston, Texas. Philadelphia won 3-2. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Major League Soccer Announces All-Star Reserves

With 11 picks from Bruce Arena and Don Garber's two choices, Major League Soccer completed its 23-man All-Star roster.

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RSL Soapbox On MLS All-Stars: 'This Is A Very Bland Team'

SB Nation's Real Salt Lake blog, RSL Soapbox, has already opined on Bruce Arena's choices for the July 28 All-Star Game, expressing disappointment but not surprise:

Well I have to say I hoped that Bruce would be a bit creative and try to put together a roster that could challenge Manchester United, and perhaps be very entertaining on the pitch. Instead he plays a good deal of politics with his picks, which doesn't surprise me at all. Only 3 teams are left without a player on the roster:

  • Seattle - They play a CONCACAF Champions League match on the same night as the All Star match, great scheduling by MLS. Clear the schedule for SuperLiga, but then do things like this, make one wonder.
  • San Jose - No idea why Bobby Convey isn't on the squad, talk about a real shame. He is second in assists.
  • KC Wizards - Not surprised here, not sure I would have picked anyone from their roster either.

Overall, according to RSL Soapbox, the team generates little excitement:

So who do you think got left off?

I think this is a very bland team, with the inability to get more players from LA, who have a CCL match the night before, or Seattle has one the night of, and TFC also has a match the night before the All Star Match. Knowing that most of the LA players will likely see limited action. I really worry about picking Ching and Moreno, it will put a lot of pressure on the midfield.

You can read the rest of RSL Soapbox's opinions on the All-Star choices: An incredibly average MLS All Star Team - Coach and Comish picks.


Major League Soccer Announces All-Star Reserves

Major League Soccer has filled-out the All-Star team that will face Manchester United at Reliant Stadium on July 28.

With today's announcement of 11 selections by All-Star manager Bruce Arena and two choices from Commissioner Don Garber, Major League Soccer's All-Star team has 23 members, today's 13 added to the previously named starters.  The 23-man team will take on the English Premier League giants in a match that will be televised on ESPN2 and TeleFutura.

In goal, Arena has named Real Salt Lake's Nick Rimando to back-up LA Galaxy's Donovan Ricketts, the match's starter.

In defense, Kevin Alston (New England), Wilman Conde (Chicago), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), and Heath Pearce (FC Dallas) where selected to a team that will start Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Chad Marshall (Columbus), and Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake).

In midfield, Arena has named five reserves:  Brad Davis (Houston), David Ferreira (FC Dallas), Shalrie Joseph (New England), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado) and Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia).  That quintet will join starters Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto), Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake), Marco Pappa (Chicago), and Guillermo Barros Schelotto (Columbus), with Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), originally selected to start the match but unable to participate due to injury.

At forward, Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy) and Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy) will be joined by Juan Pablo Angel (New York) and the two commissioner's choices:  Brian Ching (Houston) and Jaime Moreno (D.C. United).

2010 Major League Soccer All-Star Team

Goalkeepers (2):  Donovan Ricketts*, Nick Rimando

Defenders (7):  Kevin Alston, Jonathan Bornstein, Wilman Conde, Omar Gonzalez*, Chad Marshall*, Jamison Olave*, Heath Pearce

Midfielders (9):  Brad Davis, Dwayne De Rosario*, David Ferreira, Shalrie Joseph, Jeff Larentowicz, Sebastien Le Toux, Javier Morales*, Marco Pappa*, Guillermo Barros Schelotto*

Forwards (5):  Juan Pablo Angel, Edson Buddle*, Brian Ching, Landon Donovan*, Jaime Moreno

* - starter

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