All-Star Roster Announcement

All-Star Roster Announcement

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 15, 2008
  • MLS All-Star Game

Edit: Full roster posted below!

Just as expected and talked about earlier in the day. New England boss and MLS All-Star coach Steve Nicol added a few players today to the roster today.

Houston goalkeeper Pat Onstad, Toronto defender Jim Brennan, New York forward Juan Pablo Angel and Colorado midfielders Christian Gomez and Pablo Mastroeni.

Commissioner Don Garber chose Galaxy forward Edson Buddle and Houston midfielder Dwayne De Rosario in his two Commissioner Picks.

The All-Star roster:

Goalkeepers: Pat Onstad (Dynamo), Matt Reis (New England Revolution)

Defenders: Jim Brennan (Toronto FC), Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), Michael Parkhurst (Revolution)

Midfielders: David Beckham (Los Angeles Galaxy), Cuauhtémoc Blanco (Chicago Fire), Dwayne De Rosario (Dynamo), Christian Gomez (Colorado Rapids), Shalrie Joseph (Revolution), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Pablo Mastroeni (Rapids), Robbie Rogers (Crew)

Forwards: Juan Pablo Angel (New York Red Bulls), Edson Buddle (Galaxy), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Landon Donovan (Galaxy)

We knew about Onstad and Angel. But no Steve Ralston?

Three Canadians out of this bunch, hmm, interesting. Very surprising to see two names on there that aren’t having good seasons. Mastroeni and Angel are going to be shockers to some considering DC’s Luciano Emilio, Chicago’s Jon Busch, and Columbus’s Schelotto were not called up for this game…yet.

I say the keyword there “yet” because more picks will be added later this week when the Olympic team is announced and players such as Michael Parkhurst, Sacha Kljestan and maybe Robbie Rogers are not available for the all-star festivities.

Still one could consider this game to still be a total joke with some of these selections. Not to say that some of these players aren’t totally worthy but come on, can we get some guys that have actually had good years in this game if we are going to call it an All-Star Game? Does anyone actually take this game serious besides a couple people in the league’s front office? Most of you know my feelings on this game and each year I continue to state it because of how bad the game continues to be with the player selections and just the format in general.

What do you feel about some of these selections? Good, bad, plain stupid?