- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 16, 2012
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- 2012 MLS All-Star Game, Features
Yesterday afternoon the rest of the 2012 MLS All Star roster was announced. Quality players like Eddie Johnson, Kyle Beckerman and Dan Kennedy were added to the game day roster. Ben Olsen has plenty of quality players to pick from and did so but there of course were a few names left out that immediately spark the usual snub talk from everyone.
I put together a short list of players that will likely end up on the inactive list (a player’s union deal with the league).
Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo) – The Dancing Bear has put together a nice season so far. He’s leading the Dynamo in scoring with 10 goals and is arguably one of the toughest young strikers in the league. You could easily say that Bruin is having one of the biggest breakout seasons this year in MLS.
Marvin Chavez (San Jose Earthquakes) – Ask anyone in Dallas how important this guy can be to your team. The speedy right-midfielder leads the Quakes in assists with eight and has been a major part of their turnaround this season. I get that having four players from San Jose on the 18-man roster is one too many but Chavez definitely earned the right to be in the discussion this season for an All-Star nod.
Andy Gruenebaum (Columbus Crew ) – I asked on Twitter and Facebook who was a snub and most of you quickly said Gruenebaum. I totally agreed with you too – sad part is it is always tough to take more than two keepers for an All Star Game. If you look at the Crew right now, this guy is the biggest reason alone in my mind as to why they are even close to a playoff spot. The Crew’s offense is garbage and defensively a tad leaky for my taste but all of that is okay when you have a guy between the pipes like Gruenebaum.
Young-Pyo Lee (Vancouver Whitecaps) – If you are looking for a big addition to the league this season, look no further than to Lee. He’s helped improve the Whitecap’s defense on the flanks by miles and could arguably hold his own against the players up front that Chelsea has to offer.
Dax McCarty (New York Red Bulls) – One thing I noticed big time yesterday against Seattle is that McCarty is easily the biggest unsung hero for the Red Bulls. He’s played all but a few minutes this season and is easily the most consistent player Hans Backe has at the moment.
For those who are curious here is the full roster for MLS that will face Chelsea in Philadelphia.
Goalkeepers: Dan Kennedy (Chivas USA), Jimmy Nielsen (Sporting Kansas City)
Defenders: Steven Beitashour (San Jose Earthquakes), Aurélien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Ramiro Corrales (San Jose Earthquakes), Jay DeMerit (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Heath Pearce (New York Red Bulls), Carlos Valdes (Philadelphia Union)
Midfielders: Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders FC), David Beckham (LA Galaxy), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards: Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Pontius (D.C. United), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)