For MLS All-Star Game, New York Is the Second City

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By JACK BELL

MLS_logo.svgNew York City FC striker David Villa is the only player from the two metropolitan area teams on Major League’s Soccer roster that will play Real Madrid in the all-star game in Chicago — which is well-known as the United States’ Second City — on Aug. 2. Not a single player from the New York Red Bulls was selected.

The roster for the match was completed with the addition of picks by Commissioner Don Garber and Chicago Fire Coach Veljko Paunovic to augment the squad selected via voting by fans.

Garber gets two picks every year, and this time selected Sporting Kansas City striker Dom Dwyer and and FC Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta, both of whom represented the United States in the group stage of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

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The hometown Fire have four players — Bastian Schweinsteiger, Dax McCarty, Nemanja Nikolic and Johan Kappelhof — on the team. Toronto FC, FC Dallas and expansion Atlanta United each have three players going to Chicago.

The complete roster follows:

Goalkeepers Stefan Frei (Seattle), Tim Howard (Colorado)

Defender: DaMarcus Beasley (Houston), Greg Garza (Atlanta), Hernán Grana (Dallas), Matt Hedges (Dallas), Johan Kappelhof (Chicago), Michael Parkhurst (Atlanta), Jelle Van Damme (Los Angeles), Graham Zusi (Kansas City)

Midfielders Kellyn Acosta (Dallas), Miguel Almirón (Atlanta), Michael Bradley (Toronto), Giovani dos Santos (Los Angeles), Kaká (Orlando), Dax McCarty (Chicago), Ignacio Piatti (Montreal), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Chicago), Diego Valeri (Portland)

Forwards Jozy Altidore (Toronto), Dom Dwyer (Kansas City), Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto), Nemanja Nikolić (Chicago), David Villa (New York City )