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Hans Backe has made his picks.
Taking the fan-voted First XI and Commisioner Don Garber's picks into account, the New York Red Bulls and MLS All-Star team coach has selected the 22 players who will be in uniform to take on Manchester United on July 27 at Red Bull Arena.
Complicating matters is that the first-leg matches in the preliminary round of the CONCACAF Champions League take place on July 26-28, meaning that players from the Seattle Sounders, FC Dallas and Toronto FC are unable to participate in the All-Star Game because of their CCL conflicts. This affects Seattle goalkeeper Kasey Keller and FC Dallas winger Brek Shea, who made the First XI via the fan vote.
Here is the MLS matchday roster for next Wednesday's clash between the MLS All-Stars and Manchester United:
MLS ALL-STAR ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS – Tally Hall (HOU), Faryd Mondragon (PHI).
DEFENDERS – Corey Ashe (HOU), Matt Besler (KC), Geoff Cameron (HOU), Bobby Convey (SJ), Sean Franklin (LA), Jamison Olave (RSL), Heath Pearce (CHV), Tim Ream (NY).
MIDFIELDERS – Kyle Beckerman (RSL), David Beckham (LA), Brad Davis (HOU), Shalrie Joseph (NE), Jack Jewsbury (POR), Nick LaBrocca (CHV).
FORWARDS – Landon Donovan (LA), Thierry Henry (NY), Juan Agudelo (NY), Omar Bravo (KC), Chris Wondolowski (SJ), Omar Cummings (COL).
Omar Gonzalez, Rafa Marquez (injuries); Shea, Keller (CCL).
Players will conduct a vote to determine who earns the remaining six All-Star distinctions, which is for player bonus' purposes only and does not affect the matchday roster unless there's an injury to a player already selected. That final list of 32 players will be released next Monday.
What do you think of the MLS All-Star matchday roster? Who got snubbed? Who are you surprised to see on this list? Wish the All-Star Game didn't conflict with the CCL?
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