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.