July 25, the 2011 MLS All-Star roster was completed with the final six inactive All-Stars selected through voting by MLS players, which is quite an honor. For the second consecutive year, the MLS All-Stars will host Manchester United, this time at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday, July 27 at 8:30 p.m. ET and broadcast on ESPN 2, Galavision, and TSN.
Tuesday, MLS All-Star and New York Red Bulls’ Thierry Henry and Manchester United’s Michael Owen will light the Empire State Building’s tower lights with MLS (white/green/blue) and Manchester United (red) colors in advance of the AT&T MLS All-Star Game.
MLS All-Star roster breakdown
Each year a total of 32 players are selected per the League’s collective bargaining agreement. The First XI are selected by fans, MLS Commission Don Garber selects two, and the All-Star coach, this year Hans Backe of the New York Red Bulls, selects 13 for the Gameday roster.
This year, Garber selected NYRB’s Juan Agudelo and Sporting Kansas City’s Omar Bravo as his two picks.
Goalkeeper Kasey Keller and FC Dallas forward Brek Shea are playing in CCL and NYRB’s Rafa Marquez and LA Galaxy’s Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez are sidelined with injuries and will not appear.
Final 6 All-Stars selected by MLS player voting
Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders FC)
Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United)
Eric Hassli (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
Juninho (LA Galaxy)
Joel Lindpere (New York Red Bulls)
Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
2011 MLS All-Star Gameday Roster
Goalkeeper: Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Faryd Mondragón (Philadelphia Union)
Defenders: Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Bobby Convey (San Jose Earthquakes), Sean Franklin (LA Galaxy), Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls).
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), David Beckham (LA Galaxy), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Jack Jewsbury (Portland Timbers), Shalrie Joseph (New England Revolution), Nick LaBrocca (Chivas USA)
Forwards: Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Omar Bravo (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Cummings (Colorado Rapids), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
The Official 2011 MLS All-Star First XI
Goalkeeper: Kasey Keller (Seattle Sounder FC)
Defenders: Sean Franklin (LA Galaxy), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Rafa Marquez (New York Red Bulls), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls).
Midfielders: David Beckham (LA Galaxy), Jack Jewsbury (Portland Timbers), Brek Shea (FC Dallas)
Forwards: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Click here for the Manchester United roster.
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