The addition of 13 players – including the Toronto FC forward and LA Galaxy midfielder – finalizes the league’s All-Star team to face the Liga giants
Major League Soccer on Tuesday released the 24-man roster that will meet Real Madrid in the upcoming 2017 MLS All-Star game in Chicago
The MLS All-Star team was finalized with 13 players being added to the Fan XI released last week.
Chicago Fire coach Veljko Paunovic – who will lead the All-Star team at Soldier Field on Aug. 2 – chose 11 reserves, while MLS commissioner Don Garber added two standout performers.
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U.S. national team forward Jozy Altidore, who will join Toronto FC teammate Sebastian Giovinco on the roster, and Mexico and LA Galaxy midfielder Giovani dos Santos were among Paunovic’s selections.
Garber decided to go with 21-year-old FC Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta and U.S. national team newcomer Dom Dwyer with his picks.
Among the biggest snubs for the All-Star team are Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey, Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia and the Houston Dynamo’s Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres, who missed out despite scoring 12 goals this season.
Goalkeeper: Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders FC), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids)
Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Greg Garza (Atlanta United), Hernán Grana (FC Dallas), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Johan Kappelhof (Chicago Fire), Michael Parkhurst (Atlanta United), Jelle Van Damme (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Midfielders: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Miguel Almirón (Atlanta United), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Kaká (Orlando City SC), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Chicago Fire), Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers)
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City), Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), Nemanja Nikolić (Chicago Fire), David Villa (New York City FC)