Defender Matt Besler and forward Omar Bravo will represent Sporting Kansas City as the MLS All-Stars face Manchester United at Red Bull Stadium on July 27 (7:30 p.m. on ESPN2 and Galavision). On Monday, New York Red Bull and MLS All-Star coach Hans Backe set the 22-man gameday roster.
Besler was voted via text message, Bravo selected by commissioner Don Garber. The last time Kansas City was represented in the All-Star game was in 2009, when Davy Arnaud was a coaches selection.
The 22-man roster in 2011 features MLS stars Landon Donovan, Thierry Henry and David Beckham. Also included are former Kansas City midfielder Jack Jewsbury and young USA forward Juan Agudelo (picked by Garber).
Backe selected goalkeepers Tally Hall (Houston) and Faryd Mondrago (Philadelphia) to replace Kasey Keller (Champions League game the next night). Other notable coaches' selections: defenders
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The full roster:
Tally Hall (Houston Dynamo), Faryd Mondragón (Philadelphia Union)
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)Inactive All-Stars:
Kasey Keller* (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez* (LA Galaxy), Rafa Marquez* (New York Red Bulls), Brek Shea* (FC Dallas)
Another six inactive All-Stars will be chosen via player voting.*First XI as voted by the fans
**Winner of AT text voting
Any snubs? The only KC player you could make a legitimate argument for is probably Aurelien Collin -- though I can't think of any of the defenders named I'd dump for him. (Well, maybe Cameron.) Any shocks?