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Backe selects MLS All-Star Game roster


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Hans Backe has made his picks.

Taking the fan-voted First XI and Commisioner Don Garber's picks into account, the New York Red Bulls and MLS All-Star team coach has selected the 22 players who will be in uniform to take on Manchester United on July 27 at Red Bull Arena.

Complicating matters is that the first-leg matches in the preliminary round of the CONCACAF Champions League take place on July 26-28, meaning that players from the Seattle Sounders, FC Dallas and Toronto FC are unable to participate in the All-Star Game because of their CCL conflicts. This affects Seattle goalkeeper Kasey Keller and FC Dallas winger Brek Shea, who made the First XI via the fan vote.

Here is the MLS matchday roster for next Wednesday's clash between the MLS All-Stars and Manchester United:


GOALKEEPERS – Tally Hall (HOU), Faryd Mondragon (PHI).

DEFENDERS – Corey Ashe (HOU), Matt Besler (KC), Geoff Cameron (HOU), Bobby Convey (SJ), Sean Franklin (LA), Jamison Olave (RSL), Heath Pearce (CHV), Tim Ream (NY).

MIDFIELDERS – Kyle Beckerman (RSL), David Beckham (LA), Brad Davis (HOU), Shalrie Joseph (NE), Jack Jewsbury (POR), Nick LaBrocca (CHV).

FORWARDS – Landon Donovan (LA), Thierry Henry (NY), Juan Agudelo (NY), Omar Bravo (KC), Chris Wondolowski (SJ), Omar Cummings (COL).


Omar Gonzalez, Rafa Marquez (injuries); Shea, Keller (CCL).

Players will conduct a vote to determine who earns the remaining six All-Star distinctions, which is for player bonus' purposes only and does not affect the matchday roster unless there's an injury to a player already selected. That final list of 32 players will be released next Monday.


What do you think of the MLS All-Star matchday roster? Who got snubbed? Who are you surprised to see on this list? Wish the All-Star Game didn't conflict with the CCL?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Dynamo defense certainly hasn’t been abominable. Most of their mistakes have come from set pieces, and they haven’t given up more than 2 goals in any one game. Their less than stellar record has mostly resulted from a lack of offensive firepower.

    Also, Geoff Cameron’s been playing CM since last year, though he’s naturally a CB. He shouldn’t be lumped into “error prone defense”

  2. he has played defense this year but primarily used as a mid. He has played as a defender, midfielder and forward this year.

  3. im a dynamo fan and Corey Ashe is no All Star. Geoff Cameron and Brad Davis well deserved. Still waiting on Geoff to get a call,one of top 5 American players in the MLS.

  4. Can’t believe it took so long for someone to mention lindpere, he’s carrying the red bulls. Maybe backe doesn’t want to risk his own players? Didnt pick any of his own.

  5. Stephen Lenhart!! Just kidding – can you imagine him taking out one of Man U’s high-priced defenders with one of his crazy flying headers? Bad publicity for MLS. Still, I think he merits it more than Bobby Convey this year based on performance.

  6. Nat Borchers and Chad marshall come to mind. Didn’t think Backe was going to add any more Bulls since they would have to leave for London the next day

  7. Seems like only Quakes fans are surprised at Convey’s inclusion. Hasn’t played in a month, and he hates playing LB. Evidently playing it for Backe against Man Yoo is okay tho’. Hmmm…

    In fairness, Convey should offer some decent posession and speed.

  8. Convey? Odd. As a Quakes fan I’m surprised given that he’s been played all around the field, hasn’t had many assists (compared to last year), and is just now coming off an injury. Maybe Backe picked him based on last year’s playoffs.

  9. ————-mondragon————-
    cameron olave pearce convey

  10. Lol, i’m beginning to see why you are retarded. Hall has been one of the best keepers this season, hidden by the fact that the Dynamo defense is error prone.

  11. LOL! Montero!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    He has been good last 2 weeks, that is hardly enough for All Star nod, other than those 2 weeks he is incredibly overrated

  12. I’m beginning to see why NYRB has such issues at GK.

    Tally Hall> Rimando? or S. Johnson? or about 7 others in the league?…

  13. So because they play a day later is why Dallas get’s no more All Stars despite having the 2nd best record right? The players just aren’t eligible, they can only be voted by the players, am I understanding this? George John certainly deserves to be an All Star, whether just in name or not, if for no other reason than to boost his being so underpaid.

  14. Backe didn’t add anymore of his players cause he doesn’t want to tire them out and risk injury. It’s kind of annoying.

  15. Where is Yomby Williams what a snub! BAcke has no respect for the Richmond Kickers..! Vercollone, Kalungi, and Goerres all deserve being picked….


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