…And The Next 11: MLS All-Stars Picks

Hard to argue with the first eleven voted in to the MLS All-Star game.

Beckerman, 4th selection in a row....

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

18 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by ajr on 2010/07/13 at 4:58 PM

    Cant see how any GK gets picked over Rimando


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/07/13 at 4:59 PM

      Fair point, erased his name only because I watched his last two games and he got beat quite a bit.

      Agreed — hard not to pick Rimando. No counter-argument from me there.


      • Posted by Swadyck_Sanudi on 2010/07/13 at 9:27 PM

        You were right the first time Matty. In fact, I seriously doubt Rimando is one of the top 5 keepers in the league. Here are 5 flat-out better goalkeepers: Keller, Ricketts, Frei, Busch, and Nielsen.


        • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/07/14 at 11:22 AM

          I just recognized that this comment came from one of the best keepers in the Bay Area. :>


  2. Posted by dude on 2010/07/13 at 5:22 PM

    No way does Tim Ream not deserve to be on this list. One clear reason New York does not suck like it did last season.


  3. Posted by ernj on 2010/07/13 at 5:58 PM

    How about Joel Lindpere?


  4. Posted by Matthew on 2010/07/13 at 6:11 PM

    Eddie Gaven…been a stud and the Crew’s MVP so far…very underrated


  5. Posted by Swadyck_Sanudi on 2010/07/13 at 9:48 PM

    I hope we’ve learned something from the World Cup and play a 4-2-3-1:

    Donovan Schelotto DeRo
    Lindpere Joseph
    Bornstein Gonzalez Marshall Pearce

    Would personally LOVE to see Najar, Mwanga and Ream get a look.

    Here’s another stab at the 2nd 12:

    1. Frei

    2. Pearce
    3. Bornstein
    4. Ream
    5. Albright

    6. Lindpere
    7. Joseph
    8. Birchall
    9. Najar
    10. Convey

    11. Angel
    12. Mwanga


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/07/14 at 4:41 AM

      4-2-3-1 is only effective if you have the players to ‘play’ that formation. Just because it works for the elite teams, doesn’t mean it is best for the USA.


      • Posted by dikranovich on 2010/07/14 at 7:13 AM

        george, couldnt you be honest and say that any and every formation can only be effective if you have the players to play said formation? i mean really. marvell wynne will make his mark during this cycle.


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/07/14 at 7:27 AM

          Absolutely dikranovich. But I still say that certain formations are more ‘technical’ than others, if that makes any sense?

          But my point is that the approach to formation choice should be horses for courses. Would you really want the USA to play a 4-2-3-1 against a much better passing, possession and pressing team like Spain?

          Look at Germany in the SF. Two solid banks of 4 which Spain found hard to penetrate, even though they had a lot of the ball. But much of the pretty, one touch, slick passing was done in the middle third where it didn’t hurt Germany. And we all know how Spain scored, don’t we?


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2010/07/14 at 7:29 AM

          And Barcelona vs Inter. (I conceded that Inter had a 2 goal advantage).


        • Posted by dikranovich on 2010/07/14 at 2:58 PM

          i dont know if there are any teams more technical than spain, surely not the dutch. but the 4-5-1 is made for the usa, why is it not? we have a boat load of midfielders, central midfielders in fact. three central midfielders is the key for the usa. we should have controlled ghana with the tandem of bradley, edu, and feilhaber, or bradley, clark and maybe holden. these are skilled players we are talking about, maybe no pirlo or xavi, but shoot, feilhaber has good enough vision. id take his passing anyday, just play him in a central attacking pos.

          usa can play a 3-5-2 also, maybe that is the real formation we need to be looking at. now that edu has essentially played center back at the world cup, it makes total sense, hopefully the new coach will adopt this policy. coach bradley in the end was to conservative and the team was tight because of it. new coach with new philosophy, same style, better pieces to fill in with.


  6. Posted by andy on 2010/07/14 at 7:42 AM

    his name is Andy Najar, he is the one bright spot on DC United’s roster this year, take a gander at him and see your mistake


  7. Posted by Steve on 2010/07/14 at 8:34 AM

    I wonder if the MLS will find a way to get Henry into the game. Would be bad to bump a deserving all star, but I’d love to see Henry play for MLS.


    • I wouldn’t, I’ve got Dynamo v NYRB tickets for the 31st and want him to be rested so he plays. Then again, that would put him in town…


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