Major League Soccer and Electronic Arts have a challenge for the gamers out there: From now until July 10 (at 11 a.m.), fans around the world playing FIFA 13 can vote in their favorite MLS All-Star forward candidate by scoring as many goals as possible with that player. The leading goal scorer at the end will find a spot on the roster for the summer classic here in Kansas City at Sporting Park on July 31.
For Sporting Kansas City fans, that means you need to start trying to feed Claudio Bieler -- KC's lone representative on the 26-man list -- as much as possible.
“We are excited to team up with the EA SPORTS FIFA franchise to break new ground in the all-star voting process,” said Howard Handler, MLS's chief marketing officer, in a press release. “One of the things that's distinctive about MLS is our fan-driven culture. We're eager to empower the millions of FIFA fans with The Challenge.”
FIFA 13 players on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC are eligible. Every goal in every game mode -- from Career Mode to Ultimate Team -- will count.
General voting via MLSsoccer.com, text messaging and Twitter is closed and the 10 players selected to the All-Star Fan XI will be unveiled on Sunday during halftime of the Chicago Fire-Sporting Kansas City match on ESPN (2 p.m.) The winner of the "In The Game" Challenge will join the All-Star Fan XI.