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Bradley, Keane, Gerrard out; Finlay, Zardes in as MLS announces five All-Star roster additions


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Ahead of Wednesday’s match with Tottenham, Pablo Mastroeni has added five additional players to his MLS All-Star game roster.

MLS announced Tuesday that Ethan Finlay, Sam Cronin and Juninho join forward Gyasi Zardes and defender Waylon Francis as late additions to the MLS All-Star roster. The five will replace Michael Bradley, Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane and Chris Tierney, each of whom were forced to withdraw from the game due to injury.

Tuesday’s roster updates follow Saturday’s announcement that Dax McCarty would replace the injured Frank Lampard. Toronto FC star Sebastian Giovinco is also believed to be a question mark for Wednesday’s match at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Here is the updated MLS All-Star roster:

GOALKEEPER: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), David Ousted (Vancouver Whitecaps).

DEFENDERS: Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), DeMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Waylon Francis (Columbus Crew), Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact), Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders), Drew Moor (Colorado Rapids), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake).

MIDFIELDERS: Kaka (Orlando City SC), Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting KC), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC), Juninho (LA Galaxy), Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls), Fabian Castillo (FC Dallas), Sam Cronin (Colorado Rapids).

FORWARDS: Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), David Villa (New York City FC), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), Kei Kamara (Columbus Crew).


What do you think of the team what player do you consider to be the biggest snub of the event at this point?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. This has all the makings of what tennis tournaments do all the time… they promise big name stars are signed up to be in it… sell the tickets and then the stars pull out due to injury (but still secretly collect a marketing fee check under the table)…

    I am glad Gerrard and Lampard are not in the All Star game anyways because they don’t deserve to be there (yet)… maybe next year when they have earned it.

  2. As LAGals fan, I’m about ready to get my team back to full strength. Happy that Stevie G and Robbie are sitting the ASG out, and not happy that Gonzo, Gyasi and Juni accepted the calling. This ASG is meaningless to me, unless it shows JK some call up value, especially at DCM!

  3. “injury”

    this game is meaningless and risking your best players at the last half of the season is dumb. don’t blame the players for pulling out but shame to lose the luster of the event

    • What luster? It never had any to begin with. Just another meaningless game that does very little to promote MLS and regular season games.

  4. I went straight Godfather on that pezzonovante. You’re no “Big Man” with your fancy typewriter and your Moleskine. That’s your new name, “Mole Skin” Martinoli!

    Yeah, It’s true!!! After I smacked his fat baby cheeks I told the broadcaster:

    “It’ll be like this each time I see you. If you see me on the sidewalk you better cross the street! Capisce?”

  5. Pablo Mastroeni if we can see this line-up at least in the second half it would be greatly appreciated!!!!




    —————-Dax McCarthy———————



    Humble fan,

  6. So much complaining about Gerrard and Lampard being on the all-star team and now neither of them will even play.

    • That whining was approved by me.

      In all seriousness, why do you think people were upset? If a guy is injured or doesn’t play, don’t put him on the All Star team. Put in someone that is having a great first half.

      Lampard is 47 games away from never playing in MLS and counting down quickly.

      • I don’t know why anyone would be upset about an all-star game. I prefer my team’s players rest instead of playing in it.

      • +100000 Agree completely. It is a showcase. Just enjoy the game. The real competition occurs every weekend and some weekdays in MLS. Still hope our boys pull it out and they seem relaxed so hope they have a good showing.

  7. Wow Breaking News! ESPN’s John Sutcliffe reports Miguel Herrera out as Mexico’s manager following the report he punched a journo.

    • Has it been confirmed?

      From a half edited Wiki article…
      “He ultimately extended his contract until 2018. He was sacked by unamous decision FMF for punching a sport reporter after Gold Cup”

  8. hahahahahahahahaha……I wonder why Ethan Finlay was chosen?? I guess Pablo Mastroeni sees things as I do, the kid is one of the best wingers currently in MLS (Klinsy are you listening…….).
    Simple logic, only the current BEST get the privilege to play in an all-star game.

  9. Bradley injured, butt hurt, or tired? If actually injured, why did JK play him every minute of every GC match totaling ~ 500+ minutes with 2-3 days rest between the five matches. Again, if injured, when did this happen, and why was he playing, when his performances were clearly diminishing over the course of the tournament? Not having a suitable midfield combination as a replacement is not a valid response.

      • Heck, I couldn’t understand why he wasn’t rested for the entire Panama game … along with Guzan (to give another GK a cap).

    • I would love to know what the story was behind playing MB the entire tournament. Would have loved to see him get the night off vs Cuba and at least half a game somewhere else in group play.

    • I doubt he’s injured but there is noting in this game for him. On the other hand, big conference game on Sat vs a surging New England and maybe he wants to play that game. At least I hope so cause i have tickets and am going and want to see a full Toronto team


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