MLS All-Star Game

Inactive MLS All-Stars announced

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For the third season in his Major League Soccer career, Real Salt Lake midfielder Javier Morales is an All-Star.

Morales was named as one of 10 players on the inactive MLS All-Star squad. Also included were a trio of Portland Timbers players including Donovan Ricketts, Diego Valeri, and Rodney Wallace.

Landon Donovan and Jack McInerney, who would have originally been on this list, were added to the All-Star game in the past week due to injuries to Robbie Keane and Tim Cahill, respectively.

Here’s the full list of MLS All-Star inactive players (after the jump):


GOALKEEPERS:  Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Donovan Ricketts (Portland Timbers)

DEFENDERS: Jamison Olave (New York Red Bulls), George John (FC Dallas)

MIDFIELDERS: Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake), Oswaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders), Juninho (LA Galaxy), Justin Mapp (Montreal Impact), Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers), Rodney Wallace (Portland Timbers)

      • Rachel

        No. No one has said that. He missed a month due to an injury. So if someone being unable to play because they’re hurt equates to them “being poor” then you are correct. Otherwise you’re as incorrect as could be.


      • Juest

        2 goals vs 3
        4 assists vs 9 (league leader)
        14 games played vs 21
        comb-over vs. full head of hair

        Seriously, is this even a competition?


    • Artie

      Call me crazy, but it’d be nice to honor the armband-wearing, tone-setting CB for the lesgue’s best defense. Especially, you know, when the team was terrible before he arrived.


  • OPMG

    So…what’s the point of an inactive All-Star? I know MLS does weird things, but this one seems entirely useless.


    • The Imperative Voice

      Before the “MLS versus” format became the standard (1996-2001, 2004), you had two teams of MLS players including subs chosen as all-stars. Like every other American league. Including active and inactive allstars maintains the amount of players chosen, for the purposes of bonuses and whatnot, at a level in the neighborhood of where it was before the format change. If you dropped the inactives fewer players would get the bonus. It’s a union demand.

      The increasing irony is that the “MLS versus” format is now the majority of the history (ie, more MLS versus X games than MLS vs. MLS) which makes the inactive list a historical quirk.


  • House

    It’s like you’re an all-star but not good enough to play an all-star game.
    This is MLS. Everybody gets a trophy.


  • Matt B.

    I might be the only one but I really believe Oduro should have been on this list. He is a nightmare to play against and has something like 9 goals this season which has him well on his way to a personal best year for him.


  • Andrew

    Given the number of “inactive All-Stars,” it seems to me like there’s room to expand the playing All-Star roster. We’ve had coaches griping about their players having to go 90 minutes at the All-Star Game, but someone has to when there are only 20 players. Is there any reason MLS can’t have two more playing All-Stars and two fewer inactive ones?


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