Today, MLS released the 2014 MLS All-Star roster, featuring the best talent in the league to face Bayern Munich at 9:30 p.m. ET on August 6 at Providence Park, home of the Portland Timbers. Ten of the 19 MLS teams are represented on the roster.
Golden Boot frontrunners Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls) and Erick “Cubo” Torres (Chivas USA) join international stars Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC), Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy) and Aurélien Collin (Sporting Kansas City) on the 23-man roster for the All-star Game.
The roster includes the Fan XI and MLS Commissioner Don Garber's two selections - Portland Timbers’ midfielder Diego Valeri and Chivas USA forward Erick Torres. Portland coach Caleb Porter, who will manage the MLS All-Stars, selected all 11 members of the fan-voted All-Stars.
The MLS All-Star game will be broadcast live on ESPN 2, UniMas, and in Canada on TSN and RDS.
2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Roster
Goalkeeper: Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Aurélien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Chad Marshall (Seattle Sounders FC), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
Midfielders: Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle Sounders FC), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Will Johnson (Portland Timbers), Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards: Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders FC), Erick Torres (Chivas USA), Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls)
All-Star player bios
Alonso has been named Seattle Sounders MVP for four consecutive seasons (2010-13). This is his fourth consecutive All-Star selection.
Playing in his 15th MLS season, Beckerman made his FIFA World Cup debut in Brazil, starting all three group stage games for the U.S. and helping the team advance to the Round of 16. He captained RSL to its first ever MLS Cup title in 2009 and this is his eighth straight All-Star nomination.
The 2012 MLS Defender of the Year and two-time Best XI selection earns his third MLS All-Star selection (2011, 2013, 2014). Besler led the Sporting Kansas City defense that won MLS Cup 2013 and an integral part of the U.S. men’s national team’s defense at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, starting all four matches as the team advanced to the Round of 16.
Returning to MLS after playing nine seasons abroad. Bradley played every minute of the U.S. men’s national team’s four games during the World Cup.
Red Bulls designated player Cahill was named to the 2013 MLS Best XI, and won the Red Bulls MVP and Golden Boot awards. Cahill represented Australia in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, scoring two goals during the group stage.
2012 MLS Defender of the Year Collin will make his third consecutive MLS All-Star appearance. 2013 culminated in MLS Cup MVP honors as he converted the championship-clinching penalty kick against Real Salt Lake.
Designated Player Defoe has scored 11 goals and notched two assists in his debut 2014 season in MLS. Defoe has earned 55 caps with the English national team, scoring 19 goals and helping his country qualify for multiple World Cups. Prior to joining Toronto FC, Defoe spent 11 seasons with Tottenham, making a combined 362 appearances and scoring 142 goals across all competitions.
The captain of the U.S. men’s national team, Dempsey scored the team’s fastest goal in World Cup history at 29 seconds in the 2-1 win over Ghana, making him the first American player to score in three consecutive World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014).
The all-time leading goal scorer in MLS history with 137 goals and second in assists with121 assists, Donovan has been named an MLS All-Star for his 14th consecutive season. The all-time leader in goals (57) and assists (56) for the U.S. men’s national team has won five MLS Cup titles, three with the LA Galaxy.
Gonzalez has been named MLS Rookie of the Year, Defender of the Year and to three MLS Best XI’s, while helping the Galaxy win two MLS Cups (2011, 2012) and two Supporters’ Shields (2010, 2011).
Became D.C. United’s first Homegrown Player in 2009 and is the youngest goalkeeper to win a league contest at the age of 19 in 2010.
Henry has been named to the MLS Best XI twice (2011, 2012) and the MLS All-Stars four times. Henry helped France win the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and reach the tournament final at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
An MLS Cup winner (2009), Johnson is an MLS All-Star for the third time.
Keane has scored 43 goals in his three MLS seasons. Keane is a two-time MLS Cup Champion (2011, 2012), MLS Best XI (2013) and two-time MLS All-Star Selection (2013, 2014). The Irish international is Ireland’s all-time leader in goals with 53 in 114 appearances and their current captain. Keane has scored 269 career goals for both club and country.
In 2008, Marshall helped the Crew to an MLS Cup title and earned MLS Defender of the Year honors.
Designated Player Martins has tallied eight goals and six assists in 16 appearances this season. Prior to joining Seattle, Martins spent six seasons with Inter Milan and four seasons in the EPL with Newcastle United. He has scored 18 goals for the Nigerian national team and made two appearances at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
Parkhurst returns to MLS after spending the last six years playing professionally in Germany and Denmark. During his four years with New England, Parkhurst received honors such as MLS Rookie of the Year (2005), MLS Humanitarian of the Year (2006), and MLS Defender of the Year (2007).
In his 15th MLS season, Rimando earns his fourth All-Star selection (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014). A two-time MLS Cup Champion (2004, 2009), he was named MLS Cup MVP in 2009 with Real Salt Lake.
Torres leads Chivas USA with 13 goals in 18 starts during the regular season and holds the all-time scoring record for Mexican-born players in MLS.
Valeri signed with Portland as a Designated Player for 2013 and helped the team to the best record in the Western Conference while earning MLS Newcomer of the Year and MLS Best XI honors. His 13 assists led the league in his first season. Valeri previously played in the Portuguese and Argentine top flights and played in the 2009-10 UEFA Champions League with FC Porto.
In his first full season with the Red Bulls, Wright-Phillips is the current Golden Boot leader with 16 goals this season. Wright-Phillips was an integral part of their 2013 Supporters Shield winning season. Prior to joining the Red Bulls, Wright-Phillips made several stops in England, including Manchester City, Southampton, Plymouth Argyle, Charlton Athletic and Brentford.
Yedlin became the first-ever Homegrown Player on the U.S. national team’s World Cup roster, appearing in three of the team’s four games in Brazil.
Zusi played in all four games in Brazil and assisted on goals in the 2-1 win against Ghana, and the 2-2 draw against Portugal. Named to the Fan XI in 2013, and recorded six goals and eight assists while helping Sporting KC win MLS Cup 2013.