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MLS releases eligible players for All-Star fan vote


With the Major League Soccer All-Star Game just a few months away, Thursday the league released the list of 184 players eligible to be voted to this year’s game.

The 2018 MLS All-Star Game is scheduled for August 1 in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium as the MLS All-Stars will face off against Juventus, the reigning Serie A champions. The 184 players eligible shakes out to eight players per team.

Fans will be able to vote for a goalkeeper, three defenders, four midfielders and two forwards. The 11th player will be a forward and chosen based on fans playing EA SPORTS FIFA 18. Whichever eligible forward scores the most goals in FIFA 18 will be the final player in the starting XI for the MLS side.

Last season the MLS All-Stars faced off against Real Madrid in Chicago and settled for a 1-1 draw, but lost 4-2 in penalty kicks to the UEFA Champions League title holders. Dom Dwyer scored the lone goal for MLS in the 87th minute.

The voting will end on June 20 at 11:55 PM Pacific Time. Voting takes place on the MLS app.

Here is the list of players eligible to be voted on.

ATL Almiron, Miguel M
ATL Barco, Ezequiel M
ATL Gressel, Julian M
ATL Guzan, Brad GK
ATL Martinez, Josef F
ATL Nagbe, Darlington M
ATL Parkhurst, Michael D
ATL Pirez, Leandro D
CHI Ellis, Kevin D
CHI Kappelhof, Johan D
CHI Katai, Aleksandar M
CHI McCarty, Dax M
CHI Nikolic, Nemanja F
CHI Sanchez, Richard GK
CHI Schweinsteiger, Bastian M
CHI Vincent, Brandon D
COL Badji, Dominique M
COL Castillo, Edgar D
COL Gashi, Shkelzen F
COL Hairston, Marlon M
COL Howard, Tim GK
COL Martinez, Enzo M
COL Price, Jack M
COL Smith, Tommy D
CLB Artur M
CLB Afful, Harrison D
CLB Higuain, Federico M
CLB Santos, Pedro M
CLB Steffen, Zack GK
CLB Trapp, Wil M
CLB Valenzuela, Milton D
CLB Zardes, Gyasi F
DC Acosta, Luciano M
DC Arriola, Paul M
DC Asad, Yamil M
DC Birnbaum, Steve D
DC Brillant, Frederic D
DC Mattocks, Darren F
DC Mullins, Patrick F
DC Ousted, David GK
DAL Acosta, Kellyn M
DAL Barrios, Michael M
DAL Diaz, Mauro M
DAL Hayes, Jacori M
DAL Hedges, Matt D
DAL Lamah, Roland M
DAL Maurer, Jimmy GK
DAL Urruti, Maximiliano F
HOU Alexander, Eric M
HOU Beasley, DaMarcus D
HOU Elis, Alberth F
HOU Machado, Adolfo D
HOU Manotas, Mauro F
HOU Martinez, Tomas M
HOU Quioto, Romell F
HOU Willis, Joe GK
LA Alessandrini, Romain M
LA Bingham, David GK
LA Cole, Ashley D
LA dos Santos, Giovani F
LA dos Santos, Jonathan M
LA Ibrahimovic, Zlatan F
LA Kamara, Ola F
LA Lletget, Sebastian M
LAFC Beitashour, Steven D
LAFC Ciman, Laurent D
LAFC Feilhaber, Benny M
LAFC Miller, Tyler GK
LAFC Rossi, Diego F
LAFC Urena, Marco F
LAFC Vela, Carlos F
LAFC Zimmerman, Walker D
MIN Calvo, Francisco D
MIN Ibarra, Miguel M
MIN Ibson M
MIN Quintero, Darwin M
MIN Ramirez, Christian F
MIN Schuller, Rasmus M
MIN Shuttleworth, Bobby GK
MIN Thiesson, Jerome D
MTL Bush, Evan GK
MTL Jackson-Hamel, Anthony F
MTL Lovitz, Daniel D
MTL Piatti, Ignacio M
MTL Piette, Samuel M
MTL Raitala, Jukka D
MTL Taider, Saphir M
MTL Vargas, Jeisson M
NE Agudelo, Juan F
NE Bunbury, Teal F
NE Fagundez, Diego M
NE Farrell, Andrew D
NE Penilla, Cristian M
NE Rowe, Kelyn M
NE Turner, Matt GK
NE Zahibo, Wilfried M
NYC Herrera, Yangel M
NYC Johnson, Sean GK
NYC Medina, Jesus M
NYC Moralez, Maxi M
NYC Ring, Alexander M
NYC Tajouri-Shradi, Ismael F
NYC Tinnerholm, Anton D
NYC Villa, David F
NY Adams, Tyler M
NY Kaku M
NY Lawrence, Kemar D
NY Long, Aaron D
NY Parker, Tim D
NY Robles, Luis GK
NY Royer, Daniel M
NY Wright-Phillips, Bradley F
ORL Bendik, Joe GK
ORL Dwyer, Dom F
ORL El-Munir, Mohamed D
ORL Kljestan, Sacha M
ORL Meram, Justin M
ORL Mueller, Chris F
ORL Spector, Jonathan D
ORL Yotun, Yoshimar M
PHI Accam, David M
PHI Bedoya, Alejandro M
PHI Blake, Andre GK
PHI Dockal, Borek M
PHI Medunjanin, Haris M
PHI Rosenberry, Keegan D
PHI Sapong, CJ F
PHI Trusty, Auston D
POR Adi, Fanendo F
POR Attinella, Jeff GK
POR Blanco, Sebastian M
POR Chara, Diego M
POR Guzman, David M
POR Mabiala, Larrys D
POR Powell, Alvas D
POR Valeri, Diego M
RSL Beckerman, Kyle M
RSL Glad, Justen D
RSL Kreilach, Damir M
RSL Lennon, Brooks F
RSL Plata, Joao F
RSL Rimando, Nick GK
RSL Rusnák, Albert M
RSL Savarino, Jefferson F
SJ Eriksson, Magnus M
SJ Godoy, Anibal M
SJ Hoesen, Danny F
SJ Jungwirth, Florian D
SJ Lima, Nick D
SJ Tarbell, Andrew GK
SJ Vako M
SJ Wondolowski, Chris F
SEA Bruin, Will F
SEA Dempsey, Clint F
SEA Frei, Stefan GK
SEA Lodeiro, Nicolás M
SEA Marshall, Chad D
SEA Roldan, Cristian M
SEA Svensson, Gustav M
SEA Torres, Roman D
SKC Besler, Matt D
SKC Espinoza, Roger M
SKC Melia, Tim GK
SKC Opara, Ike D
SKC Russell, Johnny F
SKC Salloi, Daniel F
SKC Sanchez, Ilie M
SKC Zusi, Graham D
TOR Altidore, Jozy F
TOR Bono, Alex GK
TOR Bradley, Michael M
TOR Delgado, Marky M
TOR Giovinco, Sebastian F
TOR Osorio, Jonathan M
TOR van der Wiel, Gregory D
TOR Vazquez, Victor M
VAN Davies, Alphonso M
VAN de Jong, Marcel D
VAN Felipe M
VAN Kamara, Kei F
VAN Marinovic, Stefan GK
VAN Reyna, Yordy M
VAN Techera, Cristian M
VAN Waston, Kendall D



    • well, the 8 year old kids in san jose might disagree. he might be their hero and one of their favorite players. if their parents have season tickets, think for a moment about how many times they’ve seen him score in their stadium? nearly countless times. it’s a matter of perspective.

      • to say it another way, ten years from now in the 2026 wc, if the usa qualifies, one of our young, new players might say in an interview after one of the games, if asked how he got interested in Playing soccer, and he might say, “oh well, i’m from san jose, and my family had season tickets and we went to see every game and chris wondolowski used to do his celebration kind of facing in our direction after every goal. he’s my hero and he’s why i became a soccer player, to be like him.”

  1. F
    Miguel Almiron ATL
    David Villa NYC

    Diego Valeri POR
    Federico Higuain COL
    Bastian Schweinsteiger CHI
    Ignatio Piatti MTL

    Hedges, Matt DAL
    Zusi, Graham SKC
    Opara, Ike SKC

    Bill Hamid DCU

    • my two cents: all star games (in my mind, anyway) are supposed to be all about fans (think: 8 yo kids) getting to go to this game and see all of their favorite players on the same day, wow! maybe get some autographs? really awesome stuff for kids.

      this is not supposed to be the “best 11”. it’s different (again, at least in my mind. but what do i know?).

      as a comparison, here is the straight up audio index player selection (the audio selections representing a kind of a best 11 lineup):

      Audi Index Selections

      Sebastian Giovinco TOR 642
      David Villa NYC 639

      Albert Rusnak RSL 583
      Romain Alessandrini LAG 529
      Clint Dempsey SEA 524
      Diego Valeri POR 513

      Yoshimar Yotun ORL 595
      Maxime Chanot NYC 496
      Chad Marshall SEA 454

      Stefan Marinovik VAN 578

      but these guys, while the best in their positions, aren’t necessarily my FAVORITE players to watch.

      (so says the 8 yo kid in me, i guess.)

  2. i love it when fans post their picks. i love to read them but not knowledgable enough to make my own list.

    • Invest in ESPN+ for $5 a month its worth it to get almost every MLS game. I’ve been watching some of the young US prospects in the USL as well. I also enjoy MLS Rewind with Taylor Twellman that reviews all the weekend matches.

  3. I’d like to know how they select the “Eligible” players from each club for consideration by the fans. Is it by Jersey sales, Name recognition, Salary….what? It can’t be about on-field contributions so far this season, considering there are some names on here who have played very limited minutes (K. Acosta, J. Dos Santos, Wondo, etc….), or have just been performing Bad (Ibarra, Bingham, Beckerman, Agudelo, Bradley, etc…). It’s just confusing why some of these players are even considered.

    • Guys may not be meeting expectations, but are they still one of the eight best players for their club (no idea why they didn’t make it 11 each team). Some of those guys you listed as bad are certainly still in their clubs top 8 and the hardly played guys most are expected to play a significant amount once recovered from injury. I mean LAG cleary just are their 8 biggest names, but I watch Columbus each week and wouldn’t argue with their list. I think Chicago’s is right on and ATL I’d like Larentowicz on their but I’d be hard-pressed to pull someone off since it looks like every GK is on the list.

  4. Choose and build a solid team from the MAJORITY of these 8 teams (key word majority)

    1 Atlanta Atlanta United FC 8 1 3 26 16 10 4-1-2 4-0-1
    2 NYCFC New York City FC 7 3 2 25 16 9 5-0-0 2-3-2
    3 Columbus Columbus Crew SC 7 3 3 18 10 8 5-1-1 2-2-2
    4 New York Red Bulls 7 0 3 26 12 14 4-0-1 3-0-2

    1 Sporting KC 7 3 2 24 13 11 4-1-1 3-2-1
    2 Los Angeles FC 6 2 3 23 18 5 2-2-0 4-0-3
    3 Portland Timbers 5 2 3 16 15 1 4-0-0 1-2-3
    4 FC Dallas 4 5 1 16 11 5 3-4-0 1-1-1

    THE TOP TWO TEAMS FROM EACH CONFERENCE are already a handful on their own. This ALLSTAR team should be really good (if the right players are picked)?? ?? ⚽

    • It’s a fan vote plus results of people playing FIFA 18 so the likelihood of the best team being picked seems low. The 11 chosen by the fans will be on the roster but Tata chooses some more and Garber gets two (so we know Zlatan will be there for sure). Tata then picks the starting eleven out of everyone on the roster, just in case fans vote for 3 LBs, 4 CAMs, and 2 RWs. Who would be your 10?

      For: BWP, Villa
      MF: Kaku, Rossi, Almiron, Trapp (someone has to defend)
      DEF: Afful, Opara, Zimmerman
      GK: Steffan


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