WASHINGTON, July 16, 2013 — Former English Premier League stars Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill of the New York Red Bulls and Robbie Keane of the LA Galaxy made the cut, as did Italian star Marco Di Vaio of the Montreal Impact. These are some of the 20 Major League Soccer stars that will represent the league in the MLS All-Star Game game against Italian team AS Roma on July 31 at Sporting Kansas City’s Sporting Park (ESPN2, starting at 9 p.m. ET).
Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes will coach the MLS stars. Vermes picked 11 of the original fan-voted All-Stars, including three of his club players, Matt Besler, Graham Zusi and Aurelien Collin. Nine roster selections are all-stars for the first time, including the MLS’s soccer’s leading goal scorer Camilo Sanvezzo of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber selected Seattle Sounder FC’s homegrown defender DeAndre Yedlin and Cahill with his commissioner picks.
Also in the squad are several players with U.S. national team experience, including Brad Davis, Besler, Omar Gonzalez and Zusi.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber selected Seattle Sounder FC’s homegrown defender DeAndre Yedlin and New York Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill.
Twelve of the 19 MLS teams are represented on the roster.
Notably missing is U.S. national team star Landon Donovan of the Los Angeles Galaxy.
2013 MLS All-Star Gameday Roster
Goalkeeper: Raul Fernández (FC Dallas), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders: Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Aurélien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Patrice Bernier (Montreal Impact), Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Will Johnson (Portland Timbers), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards: Marco Di Vaio (Montreal Impact), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Camilo Sanvezzo (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times for 20 years. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.
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