Hard to argue with the first eleven voted in to the MLS All-Star game.
You have the number one defense represented with Donovan Ricketts in goal and Omar Gonzalez in front of him in central defense. Speaking of Gonzalez, out with a yellow against the Revolution the other day, the Galaxy got thrashed 2-0. And, in my opinion, Gonzalez’s range is already compensating for the loose wheels affixed to Gregg Berhalter.
Marco Pappa makes his 1st–as he rightfully should–filling the playmaker role vacated by Tummi Gummi Blanco headed back to Mexico.
Kyle Beckerman makes his fourth consecutive All-Star game as such we are contemplating changing his TSG moniker from the “Dale Murphy” of US Soccer to the “Chipper Jones.”
Here’s the rest:
GK: Donovan Ricketts (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Defenders: Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy), Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake)
Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Marco Pappa (Chicago Fire), Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake), Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC), Guillermo Barros Schelotto (Columbus Crew)
Forwards: Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Edson Buddle (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Twelve more players get selected for the right to represent the States against Gary Evil…I mean Gary Neville and Manchester United on July 28th in Houston.
Here’s our novice stab and who may go. Rip us to shreds! Here we go….cautiously:
G: Stefan Frei
DEF: Sean Franklin, Jonathan Bornstein, Ike Opara, Marvell Wynne*
MID: Sebastien Le Toux**, Bobby Convey, Brad Davis***, David Ferreira****
FW/STR: Juan Pablo Angel, Alvaro Saborio, Steve Zakuani*****
*There are four teams with sub-1.0 goals against average. L.A., Columbus, Real Salt Lake….and Wynne’s Colorado Rapids.
** If Donovan can be listed as a forward, than Le Toux can be listed as a midfielder in my book.
*** If Brad Davis makes it will that move Bobby Convey (another back-up leftie half) off the sheet? Brad Davis is the hometown selection.
**** I just watched Ferreira the other day for the first time. Good stuff there.
***** Amazingly inconsistent, but also amazingly explosive