Henry and Sporting KC trio lead Fan XI for MLS All-Star GameJuly 7, 2013 • By Ives Galarcep
By IVES GALARCEP
Sporting Kansas City saw a league-leading three players voted into the MLS All-Star Fan XI, with the league announcing the 10 players chosen to the squad by fan voting.
Graham Zusi, Matt Besler and Aurelien Collin led the selections, which featured a total of five players who were either on the U.S. Men’s National Team’s World Cup qualifying squad in June, or on the current Gold Cup team.
The 11th spot on the team will be a forward announced on July 11th. Voting for that 11th spot is being done via a new initiative called MLS All-Star ‘In the Game’ Challenge. The player with whom fans score the goals in FIFA Soccer 13, with one goal equaling one vote, from July 3rd to July 10th, will be named to the Fan XI.
Here are the 10 players named to the All-Star Fan XI:
Raul Fernández (FC Dallas); Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Aurélien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy); Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Will Johnson (Portland Timbers), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Graham Zusi(Sporting Kansas City); Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes),
Being chosen to the Fan XI does not ensure a place on the MLS All-Star Game match-day roster, let alone the starting lineup. All-Star head coach Peter Vermes will select the MLS All-Star starting lineup that will face Roma on July 31st at Sporting Park.
What do you think of the squad voted on by fans? Anybody you’re surprised to see on the team? Who would you add to the team if you could add any player? What forward do you think should be added in the final slot?
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