First XI Announced For 2011 All-Star Game

First XI Announced For 2011 All-Star Game

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 11, 2011
  • 2011 MLS All-Star Game, 2011 MLS Season

Thierry Henry headlines the MLS All-Star First XI roster. (Getty Images)

On Sunday, Major League Soccer announced the First XI for the 2011 MLS All-Star Game during the halftime of the Portland-Seattle game. Of the 11 named, seven of them came from two teams, the Los Angeles Galaxy and the New York Red Bulls.

The usual suspects headline the roster as Landon Donovan, Thierry Henry, David Beckham and Rafa Marquez all lead the First XI.

Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler was also selected for the 2011 AT&T MLS All-Star team as the player with the most fan votes via text. Besler received an astounding 30 percent of all text votes submitted between June 8 and July 5 and he received nearly three times as many text votes as the next closest player.

The First XI also includes three players who have never been named to the MLS All-Star team. San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski, Dallas’ Brek Shea and Portland Timbers captain Jack Jewsbury all make the roster for the first time.

Keep in mind the 11 named aren’t necessarily the starting lineup that Hans Backe will use against Manchester United later this month. CCL games, injuries and other factors will determine who starts and plays in the game for the MLS All-Stars.

Two selections by MLS Commissioner Don Garber will be announced July 16. The complete game day roster will be announced on Monday, July 18.

But we do have a First XI:

MLS All-Star First XI

Goalkeeper: Kasey Keller (SEA)

Defenders: Omar Gonzalez (LA), Sean Franklin (LA), Rafa Márquez (NY), Tim Ream (NY)

Midfielders: David Beckham (LA), Jack Jewsbury (POR), Brek Shea (DAL)

Forwards: Landon Donovan (LA), Thierry Henry (NY), Chris Wondolowski (SJ)

AT&T Text Voting Winner:

Defender: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City)

The First XI received the most votes at their respective positions from combined fan voting on three platforms: online at, via text message and via Twitter. The online and text voting ballot consisted of six players from each club, as chosen by a panel of media members.