Filling Out My All-Star Ballot

Filling Out My All-Star Ballot

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 25, 2008
  • 4 Comments
  • Cuauhtemoc Blanco, David Beckham, Gonzalo Segares, Kenny Cooper, Landon Donovan, Matt Reis, Maurice Edu, Michael Parkhurst, MLS All-Star Game, Robbie Rogers, Sean Franklin

I figure since I am going on vacation next week and the deadline is rapidly approaching for my All-Star ballot to be turned in I would post about it today. Feel free to take a stab or three at my picks with some of your own. Who knows I may change my mind before I send this in to the league if one of you gives me a good enough reason to do so.

By now you should all know the set up for the roster; a keeper, three defenders, five midfielders and two strikers.

Just comment below or send an email with your picks.

Keeper: Matt Reis, New England – I considered a couple guys for this but I can’t see any other way to not go with the Rev’s most consistent player this season. Reis kept them in games they could have easily lost, helped them win games and has made save after safe this season.

Also worth a consideration: Jon Busch, Chicago; Greg Sutton, Toronto FC – Busch for his ability to surprise me more than anyone else this season in goal and Sutton because the game is in Toronto and that cat knows how to win at BMO Field.

Defense: Michael Parkhurst, New England – I tried to find a reason not to have Parkhurst starting in my line-up. And I failed terribly at it.

Gonzalo Segares, Chicago Fire – When he was gone for National team duty his club looked rather weak in defense. That’s a good sign of how good this guy really is. I’ve said he was one of the most underrated defenders in the league.

Sean Franklin, LA Galaxy – I’m pretty serious about this one. I honestly believe the Galaxy would have given up around 30 or 40 goals already if Franklin wasn’t in their line up (so far the have given up 24, second worst in MLS). Sure he is a rookie and probably won’t get the nod but I don’t think most people appreciate how good of a defender this kid is right now.

Also in consideration: Frank Hejduk, Columbus Crew; Jimmy Conrad, KC Wizards; Bakery Soumare, Chicago Fire.

Midfield: David Beckham, LA Galaxy – I don’t even need to explain this one.

Blanco, Chicago Fire – Ditto.

Shalrie Joesph, New England Revolution – I tabbed him as my MVP for this year back in the preseason and so far he isn’t letting me down.

Maurice Edu, Toronto FC – Hometown guy for the TFC fans, I think he is worth starting here too.

Robbie Rogers, Columbus Crew – He’s cooled off a bit from earlier in the year but this kid has made serious strides in his game this season and it’s paid off for the Crew.

Also in consideration: Andre Rocha, FC Dallas; Kyle Beckerman, RSL; Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Columbus Crew; Steve Ralston, New England Revolution; Dwayne De Rosario, Houston Dynamo; Sasha Kljestan, Chivas USA; and Justin Mapp, Chicago Fire.

Strikers: Landon Donvoan, LA Galaxy – 11 goals, 6 assists. Uh, any reason not to?

Kenny Cooper, FC Dallas – A bit of a homer pick for me but Cooper is having a moster year so far for Dallas. Seven goals so far this year, well on his way to a career year.

Others in consideration: Edson Buddle, LA Galaxy; Luciano Emilio, DC United; Danny Dichio, Toronto FC; and Alejandro Moreno, Columbus Crew.

  • Rory

    Hey while you're gone next week are you going to make any posts? If not, why not set up a post just so we the readers can make comments and discuss anything we want while you are gone? Just an idea.<br />
    Also, as for the all-stars, how crazy is it that after the season they had last year we could see four Galaxy all-stars? <br />
    Also, does anyone else wish we had a bigger team coming in then West Ham for that game? I would have loved to see one of the big four, or Rangers. Even Man City could have some big names on their team by then… but West Ham?

  • Drew Epperley

    Rory, I should still be able to make some posts next week, might not be nearly as many but I will have internet access where I am vacationing at. Thanks for the idea though, I may do something like that anyways.<br />
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    As for the All-Star game, my feelings have always been that its a total joke that the league decides to play a club from Europe. If they are going to do it then do it big like Chelsea a couple years ago. Nothing against West Ham but it isn't going to move the dial here in the States like a ManU or something like that.

  • Hey while you’re gone next week are you going to make any posts? If not, why not set up a post just so we the readers can make comments and discuss anything we want while you are gone? Just an idea.
    Also, as for the all-stars, how crazy is it that after the season they had last year we could see four Galaxy all-stars?
    Also, does anyone else wish we had a bigger team coming in then West Ham for that game? I would have loved to see one of the big four, or Rangers. Even Man City could have some big names on their team by then… but West Ham?

  • Rory, I should still be able to make some posts next week, might not be nearly as many but I will have internet access where I am vacationing at. Thanks for the idea though, I may do something like that anyways.

    As for the All-Star game, my feelings have always been that its a total joke that the league decides to play a club from Europe. If they are going to do it then do it big like Chelsea a couple years ago. Nothing against West Ham but it isn’t going to move the dial here in the States like a ManU or something like that.