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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. Wrong.

    I like Joseph, but

    Honey Badger will be team MVP on a team that is way better than NE with him, and equally as bad as NE without him.

    No comparison.

  2. Completely agree, Alonso is good but he isn’t close to Shalrie. The REVS make it hard for anyone to look good. FIRE MIKE BURNS!!

  3. Shame Marquez, Ricketts and Ferreira are hurt — add them and Solli and MLS has a pretty solid team. Where is Lindpere, who has been more valuable to NY than Agudelo? Anyway, I am happy to see Donovan, Henry and Beckham finally line up together. Fun to imagine what would have been in they were all in their primes playing together. With a prime Marquez in the back, Ferreira in his Brazil days, Keller, and maybe Tanio and Bravo a few years back, that’s a solid mid to upper table EPL team.

  4. where is your reading comprehension? he is not eligible to play in the all star game due to CCL, which has been pointed out around 3,400 times thus far.

  5. I remember back in April when I saw the Whitecaps in Houston that Chiumiento looked like their one quality player.

    He’s consistently impressed on the highlight reels, too, though the team as a whole hasn’t.

  6. Corey Ashe is definitely not the problem with the Dynamo’s defense.

    Obviously, Backe was impressed by Ashe during both NY-HOU matches, which were both draws.


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