MLS All-Star Game

League announces full MLS All-Star Game roster


After recently announcing the league’s starting XI for this month’s 2016 MLS All-Star Game against Premier League side Arsenal, MLS revealed the rest of the gameday roster for the match.

The league rounded out its 26-player roster on Sunday during halftime of the Montreal Impact’s match against New York City FC. Among the notables named were San Jose Earthquakes striker Chris Wondolowski, New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan and defending Rookie of the Year Cyle Larin.

MLS fans were responsible for naming the first 10 players that will play against Arsenal, while the final starting selection was made through the AT&T/EA SPORTS “More Than a Vote” Challenge. David Villa won the contest after receiving the most votes through FIFA 16.

The Montreal Impact lead the way with three selections, including Didier Drogba, Ignacio Piatti and Laurent Ciman.

The match will take place on July 28 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California.

Here’s a full list of the MLS roster (* denotes match starter):

GOALKEEPER (2): *Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union), David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes)

DEFENDERS (8): *Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), *Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact), *Keegan Rosenberry (Philadelphia Union), Brandon Vincent (Chicago Fire), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps), Andrew Farrell (New England Revolution), Liam Ridgewell (Portland Timbers), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United)

MIDFIELDERS (10): *Kaká (Orlando City SC), *Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), *Andrea Pirlo (New York City FC), *Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), Mauro Diaz (FC Dallas), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact)

FORWARDS (6): *Didier Drogba (Montreal Impact), *Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), *David Villa (New York City FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Cyle Larin (Orlando City SC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders)

  • Chris the LSU tiger

    So MLS is going to trot out a 3-4-3 with only two CBs, no defensive midfielder, and Kaka and Pirlo’s broken down legs holding down the middle of the park? This is going to get ugly really fast.


  • Luke

    The fan XI does not mean those players will start. It’s the first XI chosen to the squad.


    • Quit Whining About Soccer in the US

      I have no idea, but the article clearly states :

      (* denotes match starter)

      Why is Pirlo even on this team? He is terrible.


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