Major League Soccer announced todaythe reserves for the All-Star team
that will take on Manchester United on July 28 in Houston. While the team, at first glance, appears to be a who's who among MLS stars, it's also a lineup that would probably have been more serviceable three years ago.
There were no Wizards selected to the team. Not even Jimmy Nielsen, who, in my estimation, is the only Wizard that truly deserves a spot on the team. (If Stephane Auvray stayed healthy through May/June, we might be having a different conversation. Then again, the season might have taken a different turn if the team's engine had been in place.)
Among the notable reserves named today: Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Shalrie Joseph (New England), Jaime Moreno (D.C. United) and Brian Ching (Houston).
Do you think Bruce Arena forgot it wasn't 2007?
Allow me to put to words the thoughts you're obviously having: On what planet are Shalrie Joseph* and Jaime Moreno all stars this year? And are Rimando's feats this year that much more impressive than Nielsen's? Will the lack of Sounders on the team decrease the smugness in Seattle at all?
The biggest snubs (besides the White Puma) have to be D.C. United's Andy Najar and Real Salt Lake's Alvaro Saborio. Give me them, drop Joseph and Moreno.
It's really a good thing that this game doesn't matter. Or else I might actually get angry.
Here is the full roster.Goalkeepers (2):
Donovan Ricketts (LA Galaxy), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Wilman Conde (Chicago Fire), Kevin Alston (New England Revolution)
Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC), Marco Pappa (Chicago Fire), Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake), Guillermo Barros Schelotto (Columbus Crew), Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia Union), David Ferreira (FC Dallas), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Shalrie Joseph (New England Revolution), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids)
Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Juan Pablo Angel (New York Red Bulls), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Jaime Moreno (D.C. United)
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