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July 27, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Kasey Keller, Fredy Montero and (perhaps surprisingly) Freddie Ljungberg named inactive all-stars by MLS

A bit curious that Freddie Ljungberg makes the cut since he’s MIA in Sounders FC camp. I might’ve gone with Steve Zakuani and his seven goals (tied for fourth in the league), but it was up to a vote and none of these guys are playing in the game anyways — heck maybe Freddie will, who knows with him?

Here’s the release from the league:

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Seven Players Named Inactive 2010 AT&T MLS All-Stars:

Each year, a total of 32 players are named All-Stars in accordance with the MLS Collective Bargaining agreement. Previously, 25 players have been announced to this year’s roster, and today, MLS announced the final seven: Goalkeepers Jimmy Nielsen (Kansas City) and Kasey Keller (Seattle), midfielders Joel Lindpere (New York), Robbie Rogers (Columbus), Freddie Ljungberg (Seattle), and forwards Fredy Montero (Seattle) and Conor Casey (Colorado).

These seven were the next highest in the combined weighted voting at their positions,for a 32-man roster with the same breakdown by position as last year (4 G, 7 D, 14, M, 7 F).

23-Player Game-Day Roster:

Goalkeepers: Donovan Ricketts (LA Galaxy)*, Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) &

Defenders: Bobby Convey (San Jose Earthquakes) &, Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)*, Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew) *, Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake)*, Heath Pearce (FC Dallas) &, Wilman Conde (Chicago Fire) &, Kevin Alston (New England Revolution) &.

Midfielders: Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC) *, Marco Pappa (Chicago Fire)* Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake) *, Guillermo Barros Schelotto (Columbus Crew) *, Sebastien Le Toux (Philadelphia Union) &, David Ferreira (FC Dallas) &, Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo) &, Shalrie Joseph (New England Revolution) &, Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids) &.

Forwards: Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy) *, Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy) *, Juan Pablo Angel (New York Red Bulls) &, Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo) +, Jaime Moreno (D.C. United) +

Inactive All-Stars (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake)* %,o Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA)&%; Jimmy Nielsen (Kansas City), Kasey Keller (Seattle Sounders FC); Joel Lindpere (New York Red Bulls); Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Freddie Ljungberg (Seattle Sounders FC); Fredy Montero (Seattle Sounders FC), Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids).

* Denotes selection to First XI Team

+ Denotes a Commissioner’s Selection

& Denotes Coach’s Selection

% Injured

Soccer Legends to Appear in Exhibition Match at MLS All-Star Soccer Jam

On Tuesday, Discovery Green Park will play host to the MLS All-Star Soccer Jam from 5-9 p.m. As a part of All-Star Week in Houston, this free event is a celebration of the sport of soccer, bringing together the color, pageantry and passion of MLS, with live music, food and entertainment.

The celebration will include a 7v7 exhibition match featuring celebrities and soccer legends. Five members of the United States roster at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, including Eric Wynalda and Alexi Lalas, and eight total former U.S. internationals, including Women’s World Cup winners Brandi Chastain and Joy Fawcett, will participate.

Admission to the All-Star Jam is free, and fans of all ages are invited.

2010 AT&T MLS All-Star Week Schedule

Tuesday, July 27

10 a.m. – 12 noon Media Accreditation Center, Robertson Stadium, Gate 4 (West Side)

10:15 – 11:45 a.m. MLS All-Star Training and Media Availability at Robertson Stadium – Media Parking in Lot 11A (West Side) – Media Entrance through Gate 4

7 – 8:30 p.m. Media Accreditation Center, Reliant Stadium, West Entrance (Media Parking in Teal Lot)

7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Manchester United Open Training, (b-roll / photo opportunity only), Reliant Stadium – Media Parking in Teal Lot – Media Entrance on West Side

8 – 10:00 p.m. MLS Media Happy Hour, Lucky’s Pub, 801 Saint Emanuel St., Downtown Houston

Wednesday, July 28

4:30 p.m. Media Will Call and Media Gates Open, Reliant Stadium (West Side)

7:30 p.m. 2010 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, Reliant Stadium

SUM U-17 Cup Semifinals Set: D.C. vs. Columbus; Houston vs. Real Salt Lake

The SUM U-17 Cup group phase finished with D.C. United, Columbus Crew, Real Salt Lake and the host Houston Dynamo rising to the top of their respective groups.

D.C. United will look to retain their crown as SUM U-17 Cup champions and will take on the Columbus Crew at 6 p.m. CT on Tuesday night in the first semifinal at Carl Lewis Field on the campus of the University of Houston. D.C. boasts a strong defensive line led by Nathaniel Eggleston, while Columbus boasts a dynamic attack led by one of the tournament’s top goal scorers in Chris Davis (3 goals).

The Houston Dynamo have blazed their way through to the semifinals, allowing zero goals and scoring seven. Dynamo forward Juan Lopez is the tournament’s leading goal scorer with 4 goals. He will lead Houston against the 2008 SUM U-17 Cup champions in Real Salt Lake at 7:45 p.m. CT at Carl Lewis Field.

ExtraTime Radio to Broadcast 90-Minute Live Special Before All-Star Game

Wednesday evening, beginning at 7 p.m. CT, ExtraTime Radio will produce a special video broadcast leading up to the 2010 AT&T MLS All-Star Game. Commissioner Don Garber, Alexi Lalas, Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear, and singer Kimberly Caldwell will all be featured throughout the broadcast. The pregame show will be streamed live at www.MLSsoccer.com.

Expansion Priority Coin Toss to Occur at Halftime of the All-Star Game

To determine the first pick in the 2011 Expansion Draft, SuperDraft, and priority in other player acquisition mechanisms, MLS will conduct a coin toss between the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps that will air during halftime of the All-Star Game broadcast on ESPN2.

Timbers head coach and general manager Gavin Wilkinson and Whitecaps director of professional teams Greg Anderson will join MLS Executive Vice President Todd Durbin for the coin toss. On August 11, the winning club must choose first priority in one of the following mechanisms, the teams then alternating choices through the priority list:

1. First pick in the Expansion Draft

2. First pick in the MLS SuperDraft

3. USL Player Priority on opening of signing period

4. Allocation Ranking

5. Designated Player Ranking

6. Discovery Ranking

7. Lottery Ranking

8. Waiver/Re-entry Draft Ranking

Brian Ching to Host All-Star Party to Benefit “The House that Ching Built”

MLS All-Star and Houston Dynamo forward Brian Ching will host a party at the House of Blues in downtown Houston following the AT&T All-Star Game on Wednesday night (9 p.m. – 1 a.m. CT). The party is presented by MLS W.O.R.K.S. and Wasserman Media Group. The event is open to the public, with guests making a $20 donation at the door. Proceeds from the party will benefit The House that Ching Built project – the building of a Habitat for Humanity home for a deserving family in Houston’s East End District.

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