- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On July 22, 2013
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- 2013 MLS All Star Game, 2013 MLS Season, Features
Most of you who have been reading me for years know that I’m not the biggest supporter of the MLS All-Star Game. Each year it comes and goes without a major emphasis put on it by me on this space. But this year I thought I would extend myself a little bit to list out a few snubs that didn’t make it to Kansas City.
Now, thanks to the CBA, there is a good chance that most of these snubs will still turn out to be All-Stars in the in-active sense. The collective bargaining agreement states 32 All-Stars must be selected each year, and those players will receive the All-Star bonuses stipulated in their contract whether or not they play in the game.
So here we go:
Goalkeepers: Raul Fernandez (FC Dallas), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).
Snubbed: Donovan Ricketts (Portland), Bobby Shuttleworth (New England)
The more I watch Ricketts play this season, the more I think he could have a legitimate shot at a MVP award. A solid 0.84 goals against average is one of the best in the league at the moment. Shuttleworth is pretty impressive too behind a very good defense. His 1.00 goals against is up there in the tops in the league.
Defenders: Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Aurélien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders).
Snubbed: Jose Goncalves (New England), Chris Klute (Colorado), Sheanon Williams (Philadelphia Union)
Those three snubs were surprises for me that they weren’t apart of the original roster. Goncalves especially as he has been one of the big reasons why Jay Heaps and the Revolution are in the thick of things this year. Klute has five assists on the season, leading Colorado in that department. Same can be said for Williams, who has seven assists on the season but is also making a strong case for himself as a leader of that young Union team.
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Patrice Bernier (Montreal Impact), Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Will Johnson (Portland Timbers), Mike Magee (Chicago Fire), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City).
Snubbed: Michel (FC Dallas), Rodney Wallace (Portland), Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia Union), Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake)
All four are putting up big numbers this year. Michel has been a monster for FC Dallas’ attack, mostly on set pieces and service from the midfield. Impressive to say the least considering he is playing out of position. Wallace and Le Toux both are enjoying fine seasons while Morales is on a collision course with a MVP run of his own that no one is talking about.
Forwards: Marco Di Vaio (Montreal Impact), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Robbie Keane (Los Angeles Galaxy), Camilo Sanvezzo (Vancouver Whitecaps), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes).
Snubbed: Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia), Federico Higuain (Columbus Crew)
These three are big snubs no matter how you look at it. Higuain is carrying the Crew along right now while Bieler has proven to be a very good addition to the league and SKC. Then you have Jack Mac. It is a shame that he didn’t get the nod for this game over Wondowloski.