Major League Soccer filled out it's 32-man All Star Game roster today by selecting seven players to the inactive list, and Kansas City's stellar goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen is amongst them. Being placed on the All-Star inactive list means they won't play against Manchester United on Wednesday night, but will get an All-Star bonus.
The players are:
Goalkeepers Jimmy Nielsen (Kansas City) and Kasey Keller (Seattle), midfielders Joel Lindpere (New York), Robbie Rogers (Columbus), Freddie Ljungberg (Seattle), and forwards Fredy Montero (Seattle) and Conor Casey (Colorado).
"He definitely deserves it," Vermes said. "He's been big-time for us all season long, and I really thought he should have been on the 23-man gameday roster."
The Danish veteran is tied for fourth in MLS in both saves (51) and shutouts (6), and has received four NAPA Save of the Week honors in 2010. No other MLS goalkeeper has won the award multiple times.
The seven inactive members of the 2010 All-Star team were those candidates with the next highest combined voting at their positions. Nielsen, a fan favorite who is commonly referred to by his “White Puma” nickname, led all MLS players in fan voting which was worth 25% of the weighted voting system. Players, coaches, general managers and media comprised the remaining 75% of the voting method.
Nielsen was signed by Kansas City prior to the 2010 season and is one of only two 2010 All-Stars to earn the honor in their first season of MLS action, along with New York’s Joel Lindpere.
Good for the White Puma. He deserves the bonus. It's also good to know that he's made such an impression this season amongst the voters that he is listed alongside Kasey Keller and Conor Casey.