So the 2014 MLS All Star team was announced on Wednesday night.
A First XI gleaned from a Fan Vote, the results were less than surprising. It might as be called the “U.S. World Cup squad plus Donovan, Henry and Martins,” because that was the result, as you can see from the video above. That shouldn’t come as a shock, as the exercise of having fans choose an all star team turns it into a popularity contest. Perhaps the only surprise is that no Timbers were selected. Donovan’s form has been nowhere close to deserving of an All Star label.
The 91st Minute expressed its sentiments on the All Star game back in May, though the prospect of facing Bayern Munich is just a tad more alluring now that so many players are World Cup champions (however, the majority of those winners probably won’t make the trip to North America). Regardless, it will be interesting to see which players will round out the roster.
2014 MLS All-Star Fan XI:
Goalkeeper: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders)
Midfielders: Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders)