All-Star Snubs and More

All-Star Snubs and More

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 17, 2008
  • Gonzalo Segares, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Jonathan Bornstein, Juan Toja, Luciano Emilio, MLS All-Star Game, Steve Ralston

Later on today we should get the final US Olympic roster, which will more than likely mean a few All-Star slots for the MLS side will open up. Michael Parkhurst, Robbie Rogers and Maurice Edu will all probably get the call to the Olympics and will create those three open slots.

Who’s going to get to go to Toronto in their place? Luciano Emilio? Guillermo Barros Schelotto? Gonzalo Segares? All the above? None of the above?

If you answered for the last item you are sadly correct.

Instead of Emilio, Schelotto and Segares, All-Star coach Steve Nicol selected Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein and FC Dallas midfielder Juan Toja, as well as the actually deserving Revs midfield Steve Ralston. Sources out there say that Toja, Ralston and Bornstein will be named to the roster later today after the Olympic roster is finalized.

Ralston is fine and I won’t even complain about his selection, I thought up until this news he was a snub for the game. But Toja and Bornstein? I can see Bornstein a little in this, he is a quality player who has had a so-so year due to injuries.

But Juan Toja?! Nicol has to be completely out of his mind to select Toja right now. All-Star selections should be based on actual performance in a season and not on popularity. Toja has exactly one goal and two assists for an FC Dallas team that would be in last place if not for expansion San Jose. He may also not be the best midfielder on his team right now! To take him over Schletto is crazy considering the numbers he has put up this season for the Crew (three goals and eight assists) who sit in second place overall in the league.

Bornstein over Segares is pretty bad too. I like Bornstein but he isn’t having nearly as good of a season as Segares.

My favorite snub may still be Emilio. I still believe taking Juan Pablo Angel over Emilio is ridiculous. Angel just recently returned from injury and has scored three goals to go with two assists for the Red Bulls who sit in last place in the East. Emilio has 10 goals and two assists, helping lead D.C. United’s revival to the top of the overall table.

Who else got snubbed out there?