The 2012 MLS All-Star Game will kick off on Wednesday night with a strong team of MLS standouts taking on a Chelsea side that will certainly be dangerous despite the fact they are working their way through pre-season.
MLS All-Star coach Ben Olsen has a variety of options to choose from when picking his team, and the quality selections he made will make it that much of a more interesting process for him to settle on his starting lineup.
One wrench in Olsen's potential plans is the fact that David Beckham is unlikely to be available for many minutes as he travels from London the day before the game, and returns to London after the match as he takes part in Olympic ceremonies.
So what lineup should we expect to see on Wednesday night for the MLS All-Stars? Here is a squad we have a good chance of seeing:
PROJECTED MLS ALL-STAR LINEUP
———Thierry Henry——–Chris Wondolowski———-
Landon Donovan——————————–Graham Zusi
Justin Morrow—————————–Steven Beitashour
—————Jay DeMerit—–Aurelien Collin————–
Based on the All-Star team's training session on Tuesday, this seems like a good bet to be the squad, but you wonder if Olsen will at least consider going with a lineup that features both Alonso and Kyle Beckerman.
Here is the full MLS All-Star Game Roster:
Goalkeepers: Dan Kennedy (Chivas USA), Jimmy Nielsen (Sporting Kansas City)
Defenders: Steven Beitashour (San Jose Earthquakes), Aurélien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Ramiro Corrales (San Jose Earthquakes), Jay DeMerit (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Justin Morrow (San Jose Earthquakes), Carlos Valdes (Philadelphia Union)
Midfielders: Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders FC), David Beckham (LA Galaxy), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City), Michael Farfan (Philadelphia Union)
Forwards: Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Pontius (D.C. United), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
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