New York Red Bulls striker Juan Agudelo will make his first MLS All-Star Game appearance after being named to the All-Star Team as one of commissioner Don Garber's two selections.
Garber named Agudelo and Sporting Kansas City striker Omar Bravo as his two selections on Saturday.
New York Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe will name the full MLS All-Star Team on Monday at 2pm.
My thoughts on the selections? Agudelo is a top young player in MLS, an exciting prospect who New York fans will be excited to see (last year I wrote that Andy Najar should have been chosen so this pick is along those lines).
Omar Bravo's inclusion fills a niche in the Latin American market, and will give Latino media in the New York market another storyline to go along with the obvious one of Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez" (which makes you wonder if Bravo would have been chosen if Rafa Marquez wasn't missing the All-Star Game).
Does either play belong on the All-Star team based on merit? Not really, but the All-Star Game is more sideshow than true reward for the league's best players, and the commissioner picks are generally players who wouldn't have otherwise made the team.
What do you think of these selections? Who were you hoping the Commissioner would pick?
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