Wright-Phillips, Defoe among those added to MLS All-Star roster

Bradley Wright-Phillips

By RYAN TOLMICH

Following the results of the MLS All-Star Fan XI, MLS team manager Caleb Porter and MLS Commissioner Don Garber were tasked with filling out the rest of the 23-man-roster.

Golden Boot leader Bradley Wright-Phillips, Toronto FC star Jermain Defoe and Chivas USA goalscorer Erick “Cubo” Torres were among those added to the squad by Porter and Garber Wednesday to join the eleven players voted in by the league’s fans.

The trio, who make up three of the league’s top four goalscorers, will each be making their first All-Star appearance, joining Michael Bradley, Bill Hamid and Obafemi Martins on the list of All-Star game debuts.

The final roster will be comprised of players representing 10 of the league’s 19 teams.

The MLS All-Star team will take on 2013 Champions League winners Bayern Munich on August 6 at Providence Park — home of the Portland Timbers — who will be represented on the roster by midfielders Diego Valeri and Will Johnson, as well as their manager, Porter.

Have a look at the full roster after the jump:

2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Roster

GOALKEEPER: Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDER: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Aurélien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

MIDFIELDERS: Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders FC), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Will Johnson (Portland Timbers), Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDS: Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders FC), Erick Torres (Chivas USA), Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls)

What do you think of the MLS All-Star roster? Any snubs come to mind? How will they fare against Bayern Munich?

Share your thoughts below.

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22 Responses to Wright-Phillips, Defoe among those added to MLS All-Star roster

  1. njrb says:

    Pedro Morales = biggest snub

  2. cformusic says:

    1 fullback and no wingers..hmm. Will be quite interesting to see how this team lines up to get wrecked by Bayern

  3. Joe says:

    No feilhaber -_-

  4. Joe says:

    Penedo/Robles
    Sinovic Boswell Bernardez Schuler Farrell
    Nguyen Feilhaber Kitchen Morales
    Dwyer

  5. thierry henry is french says:

    I thought Donovan was in bad form? how does he get another ALL STAR game? heck this has to be rigged. no way man

    • Andrew says:

      Opta has Donovan creating more chances per 90 minutes than anyone else in the league. Not his fault that his teammates have been missing sitters left and right this season.

  6. SBI TroII says:

    Not that it would work out like this but…

    ———Martins———-
    Donovan-Dempsey-Zusi
    –Beckerman-Bradley—
    Parkhurst-Besler-OG-Yedlin
    ——–Rimando——-

    If MLS starts this team might as well call it the USMNT vs Bayern Munich/Germany. It would probably get way better ratings than any previous All Star game. (BTW went with Martins because he’s got chemistry with Dempsey).

    • quozzel says:

      That actually would not be the worst idea ever…mostly because the knock on most all-star teams is they really don’t know each other or play together that well. This bunch just spend the last month together. Might as well take advantage of the chemistry you have. You know Jurgen would love to see it.

      See if this idea occurs to Caleb Porter.

    • Josh D says:

      It’d be funny if in that fake USMNT system Donovan ends up scoring three and assisting on three more.

  7. Chodilicus says:

    Chris Schuler is the best defender in MLS right now. He has been healthy all year and he is by far the biggest snub.

    I would also say that Javier Morales has had a nice first half with 5 goals and 6 assists but there are a lot of talented midfielders, so I understand it. However, I feel like guys like OG and Collin are just making it on reputation.

  8. Brian says:

    Kind of sad that only half of the league is represented. You would think in a salary cap league you’d see a bit more balance than that.

  9. Joe Quake says:

    You mean Donovan really is a forward?