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Soumare replaces Ching on MLS All-Star Team

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Chicago Fire defender Bakary Soumare is replacing Brian Ching on the MLS All-Star Game roster. Ching is being excused from the All-Star Game to recover from the CONCACAF Gold Cup, where he has started for the U.S. men's national team.

Soumare is coming off an MLS Best XI season and will be making his first MLS All-Star Game appearance.

The MLS All-Stars face English club Everton, led by U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard, on June 29th at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

New England Revolution midfielder Shalrie Joseph is also expected to be removed from the MLS All-Star Team due to injury. Real Salt Lake midfielder Will Johnson has been selected to replace Joseph. The MLS All-Star team has already had to replace Dwayne DeRosario (scheduling conflict) and Guillermo Barros Schelotto (hamstring injury).

What do you think of Soumare being picked? Disappointed a forward didn't get added? Wondering where all the good fullbacks are in MLS? Think Soumare is a good choice? Who should replace Joseph?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. It is hard for a collection of players to do well. Everton’s players will have better chemistry than the MLS all-stars. I still expect an MLS victory, but wouldn’t be shocked if Everton won.

  2. Although if were talking about good fullbacks, perhaps they should have picked Segares instead of Soumare from the fire.

  3. worst team since West Ham, what last year? Haha.

    Although, I think Everton are a better team than West Ham. They have Lescott, Cahill, Arteta. West Ham didn’t even play their top players.

    But either way, the toffees are going down.

  4. will johnson over Clint Mathis is a joke. Mathis has easily been the most consitant if not best player for RSL all season long and deserved a nod for the all-star team.

  5. Does anyone really think that Everton has chance to win this game? I guess they do have Timmay, but they are the worst team to the all stars have played against since West Ham.

  6. while we are at it, let’s just replace everybody with everybody else. Maybe it’s a plot to finally add DB.


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