Liam Ridgewell has been an MLS player since the end of June and has made just three appearances in the league for the Portland Timbers, but he's an All-Star! Because of an injury to USMNT and Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman, Ridgewell has been named to the All-Star team. Again, after playing just three games in the league.
The All-Star game is in Portland on Wednesday, so the league didn't exactly have a lot of options for calling in a replacement player. It's too late to fly anyone in from the vast majority of the country. But they could have called up Diego Chara, an actual midfielder and a three-season MLS veteran from the Timbers to replace Beckerman. And there are probably a dozen players on the Seattle Sounders who would have gladly driven down to play in an exhibition for a nice bonus check.
But nope, Ridgewell. This is not a good look, MLS.