Glance at MLS All-Star ballot, who would you pick?


A day after the MLS All-Star ballot was released, you’ve had some time to contemplate who’s on offer.

As Steve Davis mentioned in this blog yesterday, there were some incredibly noticeable absences from the list released by Major League Soccer.

George John’s omission is quite bizarre considering he is the lynchpin of one of the leagues best defenses. And having Adam Jahn and Lionard Pajoy is quite baffling at the moment.

But considering each team gets six selections on the initial ballot, no matter what happens, I suppose a few discrepancies will pop up here and there.

Peter Vermes has the task of picking the starting XI and will have some pretty tough decisions. And at the risk of alienating some of you diehard MLS fans, here is my All-Star starting lineup playing in a 4-3-3 formation.

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GK: Raul Fernandez (FC Dallas)

D: DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Jamison Olave (New York Red Bulls), Young-Pyo Lee (Vancouver Whitecaps)

M: Graham Zusi (Sporting KC), Will Johnson (Portland Timbers), Mauro Rosales (Seattle Sounders)

F: Marco Di Vaio (Montreal Impact), Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy)


My rationale behind the above is quite simple. The form of these players in MLS this season.

The vast majority have played extremely well, hence why they’re on the ballot in the first place. However they also have the right mixture of experience and talent to be classed as the ‘creme of the crop.’

Bieler would be the central point in attack, with Keane and Di Vaio feeding off his knockdowns. I know Thierry Henry will be in here somewhere, but this would be my starting XI. Then Zusi and Rosales would be the creators in midfield, with Zusi free to roam while Rosales sits in alongside the defensive minded Johnson.

At the back it was a pretty easy decision. Great balance in two attacking full backs with Yedlin and YP Lee, while not many people are getting through the bustling duo of Gonzalez and Olave.

In goal was a tricky one. But due to Dallas’ great defensive displays and Fernandez’ performances for the Peruvian national team, he gets the nod over other candidates.

So what would your starting XI be for the All-Star game? Let us know.