Henry earns MLS All-Star Fan XI nod while Cahill lifts an ESPY; Wright-Phillips snubbed


The New York Red Bulls may have come out losers against the Philadelphia Union Wednesday night, but their DPs were still winning off the field.

Team captain Thierry Henry and the talismanic Tim Cahill both earned significant honors yesterday, with the former garnering enough fan votes to be included in the All-Star game, while the latter was named MLS Player of the Year at the ESPY awards.

Henry was one of two foreign based players joining a USMNT-heavy selection. Landon Donovan and Obafemi Martins earned the other two nods at forward. Clint Dempsey, Graham Zusi, Kyle Beckerman and Michael Bradley took every spot in the All-American midfielder, with Omar Gonzalez, Matt Besler, DeAndre Yedlin and Nick Rimando making up the defensive end.

Henry is the league’s assist leader, helping him earn his fourth All-Star Game selection. This time, he will be representing MLS against Bayern Munich in Portland, Oregon.

Cahill fell just short of making the Fan XI, but he earned a distinction of his own. No player was more influential to his side last year than the Australian forward, and for that, Cahill earned an ESPY as the best player in MLS. The Red Bull talisman beat out Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee, LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane and Montreal’s Marco Di Vaio for the distinction.

Cahill started 29 games for the Red Bulls last season, netting 12 goals and five assists, leading New York to their first ever club trophy.

One person who will not be celebrating is Bradley Wright-Phillips. While he leads the league with 16 goals, he didn’t manage to get close to an All-Star nod in the fan vote. That doesn’t mean he will not earn one eventually. Commissioner Don Garber has a pair of picks to his disposal and All-Star coach Caleb Porter can make alternate selections as well.

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