Full MLS All-Star team unveiled

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

Major League Soccer has revealed the full roster of its 2016 All-Star team.

Sacha Kljestan is the sole Red Bull player on the squad. He joins NYCFC players David Villa and Andrea Pirlo, who were voted on by the fans.

The team will play Arsenal at Avaya Stadium in San Jose on July 28th. The host team has two representatives: Chris Wondolowski and goalkeeper David Bingham.

Commissioner Don Garber personally selected FC Dallas playmaker Mauro Diaz and Real Salt Lake’s Kyle Beckerman to the squad. Critics lambasted Garber last year for his selections of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, who had yet to actually play in MLS.

19 of the league’s 20 teams is represented on the 26-man roster; the last-place Houston Dynamo are the one exception.

The full roster is as follows:

Goalkeepers (2): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union)

Defenders (8): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Laurent Ciman (Montreal Impact), Andrew Farrell (New England Revolution), Liam Ridgewell (Portland Timbers), Keegan Rosenberry(Philadelphia Union), Brandon Vincent (Chicago Fire), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)

Midfielders (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Mauro Diaz (FC Dallas), Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), Kaká (Orlando City SC), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Andrea Pirlo (New York City FC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)

Forwards (7): Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Didier Drogba (Montreal Impact), Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), Cyle Larin (Orlando City SC), Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact), David Villa (New York City FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)


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