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As you may or may not know, the 18-man MLS All-Star team isn’t the only list of players selected with relation to the All-Star game. There is also a group of players known as "inactive" all-stars, who are considered the players who would also be all-stars if the MLS All-Star Game still had the same MLS-only format.
This distinction was created so that the same number of players (or at least close to it) could receive all-star selection contract bonuses. If you were wondering who these players were in 2008, here they are:
GOALKEEPERS: Jon Busch (ChicagoFire), Greg Sutton (Toronto FC).
DEFENDERS: Gonzalo Segares (Chicago Fire), Bakary Soumare (Chicago Fire), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC).
MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Amado Guevara (Toronto FC), Guillermo Barros Schelotto (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS: Brian Ching ( Houston Dynamo), Luciano Emilio (D.C. United).
It’s good to see players such as Segares, Schelotto and Busch get the all-star bonuses they deserve (assuming the bonuses were in their contracts), but it is a bit mind-numbing to see Real Salt Lake playmaker Javier Morales left off the list being tied for second in MLS in assists (7) and being the offensive leader of the first-place team in the Western Conference. Especially when Juan Toja and Jonathan Bornstein received rather undeserved nods.
Another gripe? I really don’t think Greg Sutton should have gotten the nod ahead of KC goalkeeper Kevin Hartman. Sutton has a 1.50 goals-against average and has played in just 10 games. Hartman has just a 1.20 GAA and has been more impressive this season. Even RSL’s Nick Rimando deserves consideration ahead of Sutton. Rimando has started every game for first-place RSL and has a 6-6-5 mark.
What do you think of this group? Share your thoughts below.