By CALEB SONNELAND
The addition of six more top MLS players has completed the full squad of All-Stars for 2011.
The All-Stars take on EPL champions Manchester United on Wednesday, 8:30pm ET, but they will have to do it without these six top players from around the MLS.
The inactive players were voted onto the team by other players in the league, but who are they exactly? Find out after the jump.
– Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders) – Alonso has been at the heart of the Seattle midfield all season and has recently formed a nifty habit of popping up on the score sheet from time to time. One of the best ball winners in the league, Alonso has been key to the Sounders' success this season.
– Dwayne De Rosario (DC United) – Always part of the All-Star discussion, it just wouldn't feel right if the marauding midfielder weren't included in the squad in some way. Despite swapping New York for Washington DC halfway through the season, the Canadian has already found the score-sheet with DC against none other than New York itself.
– Eric Hassli (Vancouver Whitecaps) – His wonder goal against the Sounders is the crown jewel on the Frenchman's All-Star resumé, but his goal-scoring record has been constant in his first full year in the MLS. He was under fire in the beginning of the year for his antics on the field, but the striker has weathered the storm and earned himself an All-Star nod.
– Juninho (LA Galaxy) – The engine room of the LA Galaxy. Juninho is one of the most consistent players in the league and rarely puts a pass wrong when he steps onto the field. The Brazilian has notched three goals this season (his second in the MLS) and has been instrumental in the Galaxy's journey to the top of the West.
– Joel Lindpere (New York Red Bulls) – With 5 goals and 5 assists already, Lindpere's exclusion initially had a lot of people scratching their heads. The Estonian has been a threat for opposing defenses all season long, and the players apparently agree after voting him into the All-Star squad.
– Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) – Rimando has been a rock at RSL for years, and this year is no different as the goalkeeper can currently boast a goals against average of .71, second best in the league. Salt Lake is renowned for being a tough team to beat, and Rimando is a big reason why.
What do you think of the six inactive All-Stars? Were they all deserving of their place? Who else should have been included? How much different would the Manchester United friendly be with them involved?
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