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Fans mostly get it right in MLS All-Star fan balloting

Jul 7, 2013, 5:32 PM EDT

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Fan voting in All-Star proceedings frequently devolves into a painful reminder of the world’s imperfections.

But I gotta hand it to MLS fans: they pretty much nailed it with the collective All-Star picks, which were announced Sunday by the league.

Remember, this is not necessarily the team; SKC manager Peter Vermes is in charge. He can pick who he wants, although most managers have tried to remain as faithful as possible to the fans’ selections.

Here is the list (with more commentary on how the fans got it right below …)

Goalkeeper: Raul Fernández (FC Dallas)

Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Aurélien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)

Midfielders: Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Will Johnson (Portland Timbers), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Forwards: Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).

  • The 11th player, forward, will be selected July 11 in a schlocky marketing stunt along with FIFA Soccer 13.
  • I was especially pleased to see that Portland’s Johnson had made the list. He really is having a sensational season, the driving midfield force for so much that’s going right this year around Jeld-Wen. As there are certainly more illuminated names, it would have been easy for fans to miss this one.
  • The nitpicks would be Brad Davis and Chris Wondolowski, neither of whom are having their best years. Neither has been awful in 2013, necessarily; they just aren’t up to previous year’s versions of themselves.
  • Robbie Keane deserves the forward spot over Wondolowski, or perhaps Marco de Vaio or even young Jack McInerney.
  • If you see Henry as an aging star not necessarily deserving of a spot, you haven’t seen the way that guy can still turn a match in a second with moment of his class.
  • Holding midfielders got no love. Then again, holding midfielders never get any love.

The MLS All-Stars meet AS Roma on July 31 at Sporting Park in suburban Kansas City.

  1. tariencole - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    I would say Will Johnson often functions as a holding MF. And I’d say that most of us Sporting KC fans would know how much losing them hurts. No Espo has meant a lot less joy this season.

    • Steve Davis - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      That’s a fair point … but he’s not a classic holding MF guy, a la Kyle Beckerman or Osvaldo Alonso, either one of whom could make a decent All-Star claim. Patrice Bernier, too.

  2. jay1934 - Jul 7, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Keane is probably one of the dirtiest players in MLS.

  3. inhokewetrust - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Wow…what a shock…no one from Montreal or Vancouver….American bias hmmmmmm

  4. wfjackson3 - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Wondolowski? Not sure that anyone from SJ deserves a spot. And PS, most of San Jose is dirtier than Keane.

  5. jpan007 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    I agree

  6. tackledummy1505 - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:47 AM

    Question, Montreal is in 1st place = no All-Stars. The Philadelphia Union is in 2nd place and has the leading goal scorer and top 5 assist man Le Toux, yet the Union have no representation. Like the person above me said, Vancouver is having a good year, no stars? I’m just confused how they got it right. This doesn’t look at all like performance and ability than it does for just name sake. I like Wondo as well but he’s way below his output from last season and yes Henry is a superstar, but you gotta be somewhere on the stat sheet or at least your team in 1st for justification. Too many snubs, next

  7. tackledummy1505 - Jul 8, 2013 at 6:00 AM

    Also can someone put up the crazy Brazil soccer story on here. Long story short Brazilian soccer league Referee Silva tosses out a Brazil league player last weekend. A couple of days ago Brazil ref Silva gets into a confrontation with this player before the game. During the confrontation the Referee takes out a knife and stabs the Brazilian league player. The player ends up dying on the way to the hospital. The Brazilian player’s family finds out about the incident and with a Brazilian mob go to the game being played. The enter the match, stone to death the referee Silva, then they tie the referee up. The fans now mind you storm the field, but not to help referee Silva. They instead help decapitate referee Silva’s head, where they put the head on a stick and pike the stick in the middle of the field. The fans then continue to dismember the referee’s body. This story is so crazy and it just happen a couple of days ago. I don’t know how they’re having the World Cup or Olympics there but this is insane and people think Philly fans are horrible for throwing snow balls at Santa. I guess if we were Philly in Brazil we would just chop Santa’s head off instead lol Good Luck USA!!! Have a feeling Brazil is going to win the World Cup, cause every team they’ll play will be given an offer they can’t refuse lol

    • Steve Davis - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      Why does this keep coming up in unrelated posts? Unpleasant as it was, we put this on ProSoccerTalk two days ago

      http://prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/06/brazilian-soccer-match-ends-in-brutality/

  8. dreadpirate82 - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    I don’t really understand how a team’s place in the standings would determine the best XI in MLS. If the players are deserving, they absolutely belong there, but not because their team is in first. I would have gone with Keane and Di Vaio (by a hair over McInerney), but one forward spot is going to a gimmick FIFA deal, and the other is going to the guy who broke the single-season scoring record last year. I’m perfectly fine with Wondo getting a spot. He’s a star and one of the faces of the league.

    You can argue til you’re blue in the face on fan voting, but this is a shockingly good group of players selected.

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