Big news today as MLS Commissioner Don Garber chose new league recruits Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard for his 2 picks for the 2015 MLS All-Star Game. This was met with uproar from around the league as players mocked the decision because neither player has even registered a competitive appearance for their new clubs, yet they are already guaranteed a spot on the final 22-man gameday roster.
— Brad Evans (@brad_evans3) July 14, 2015
Expecting Chicharito, Gio Dos Santos and Landon Donovan as late additions to ASG.
— Clint Irwin (@ClintIrwin) July 14, 2015
Apparently, Garber thinks that MLS All-Star coach Pablo Mastroeni can do what no other manager has been able to do before: play Lampard and Gerrard at the same time and make them work together well.
Major League Soccer also released their 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Fan XI, a team voted on by the fans using social media and online polls. These 11 have the potential to be added to the final 22-man gameday roster, but the decision ultimately comes down to Mastroeni. There were no real surprises in the lineup as eight USMNT players were chosen along with other bright stars from around the league.
The Fan XI squad was completed with the selection of the 11th player, who was chosen through the AT&T/EA Sports MLS All-Star ‘More Than a Vote’ Tournament. Obafemi Martins of Seattle Sounders FC won his spot for the second year in a row because fans scored more than one million goals with the forward in EA Sports FIFA 15.
The 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Gameday Roster will be announced on Saturday, July 18th ahead of the team’s showdown with Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday, July 29th.
The Fan XI roster:
Goalkeeper: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders: Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo)
Midfielders: Kaka (Orlando City SC), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards: Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), David Villa (New York City FC), Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders FC)