Sporting Kansas City defender Aurelien Collin is eager for a crack at Chelsea, an English Premier League power and the winner of the UEFA Champions League.
That dream took one more step toward becoming reality Sunday when the Major League Soccer announced the game-day roster for its All-Star Game on July 25 at PPL Park in Philadelphia.
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Collin was selected to the MLS First XI in fan voting along with teammates Jimmy Nielsen and Graham Zusi. All three were on the 18-player roster that will be available for the exhibition against Chelsea.
“It will be a big honor to represent Sporting Kansas City at the All-Star Game,” Collin said in a release from the club. “At the same time, we’ll be representing MLS against the best team in Europe. It’s a big challenge and I’m very happy to be included.”
Eastern Conference leader Sporting KC, 11-5-3, has the most All-Stars among the 18 players eligible for selection by D.C. United coach Ben Olsen.
The Western Conference leaders, the San Jose Earthquakes, 12-4-4, also have three players on the roster — forward Chris Wondolowski and defender Steven Beitashour, who were also part of the First XI, and defender Ramiro Corrales.
In addition to Corrales, Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, Philadelphia Union defender Carlos Valdes, Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman, D.C. United forward Chris Pontius and Seattle Sounders FC teammates Osvaldo Alonso and Eddie Johnson were added Sunday.
New York Red Bulls teammates Thierry Henry and Heath Pearce and Los Angeles Galaxy midfielders Landon Donovan and David Beckham were also part of the First XI, which was rounded out by D.C. United midfielder Dwayne De Rosario and Vancouver Whitecaps FC defender Jay DeMerit.
There will be 14 more All-Stars revealed July 25 through player voting.