Blanco Replaces DeRo on All-Star First XI

Blanco Replaces DeRo on All-Star First XI

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 14, 2009
  • 2 Comments
  • 2009 All-Star Game, Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Dwayne De Rosario, Everton

Chicago Fire star Cuauhtemoc Blanco has been selected to replace Toronto FC midfielder Dwayne DeRosario on the MLS All-Star Game First XI. DeRosario was voted to the First XI, but he will be unable to play in the All-Star game because Toronto FC has a CONCACAF Champions League game on the same day the All-Star Game.

Blanco was selected based on being the next highest vote-getter among midfielders, edging out Houston’s Ricardo Clark due to a high media vote count. Let me just say the league hands out a lot of media votes so it wasn’t shocking to see the Latin media vote more for Blanco than anyone else. Blanco did draw more fan votes than Clark, but Clark had twice the votes Blanco did from players and coaches/GMs.

Honestly this wasn’t a shocker to anyone who saw the voting tallies yesterday when the first XI was announced. Blanco may not be the most deserving Fire midfielder to make the roster (Marco Pappa gets my vote for that) but he will bring in some fans for sure.

Houston Dynamo manager Dominic Kinnear will fill out the rest of the roster along with two picks from MLS Commissioner Don Garber. I may have more thoughts on the two comissioner picks later this week.

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    Blanco made the team to draw interst. He definately did not deserve a starting Xl.

  • Blanco made the team to draw interst. He definately did not deserve a starting Xl.