Coming down at half-time of today’s Seattle-New York match, here is the full All-Star roster after the “First XI” were named earlier this week.
Philadelphia’s Carlos Valdes and San Jose’s Ramiro Corrales were the commissioner’s picks.
2012 MLS All-Star Gameday Roster
Goalkeepers (2):Dan Kennedy (Chivas USA), Jimmy Nielsen (Sporting Kansas City)
Defenders (6):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 (6):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 (4):Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Pontius (D.C. United), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Recent front office moves, (Portland firing John Spencer, DCU gaining new ownership) have created public communication from the teams from front offices where the word “brand” has been used to refer to the entity. For example, instead of Portland Timbers “club,” it was referred to by Merritt Paulson in his presser this week as the Portland Timbers “brand.”
Some argue that the word “brand” makes the entity “impersonal, or inaccessible” to fans. Others argue that the word “brand” is a positive in that it insures a full positive experience for the fan, beyond just the product put on the field. But do fans really care?
How do you feel about the word selection of “brand?”
*Note: The results of this poll needed to be taken with a grain of salt as we are reaching a certain demographic of fans on this publication.
LeToux, often pushed to the back of the attack this year in BC bud country.
So much for Kaka to the Red Bulls?
In a stunning move, the New York Red Bulls acquired Vancouver front man (and former Peter Nowak whipping boy) Sebastien LeToux in exchange for burner Dane Richards and allocation money.
It’s a thought-provoking move on the surface as LeToux likes to meander south in search of the ball on offense and that’s precisely the role that Thierry Henry has been playing. LeToux is not a true #10 and it will be interesting to see how the Red Bulls to deploy him.
Strange things are afoot in Vancouver where the pretenders were doing a create contender impression. Out went midfield maestro Davide Chumiento this week; in came the aging Barry Robson last week.
What will Dane Richards bring that Darren Mattocks doesn’t?
A US defender who grew up about 20 minutes from Providence, Rhode Island is going to the Providence of England.
Brian Sciaretta has the scoop. MLS agreeing Friday to send the Houston Dynamo center defender to Stoke City. The two sides are near completion on the financial terms and final announcement is expected on early next week.
The US defender has long been considered ready for the international game. His assuredness on the ball combined with his trackback ability makes him a nice complement to some of the other central defenders (Huth, Shawcross) in the mix at the EPL side.