The fan ballot for this summer’s MLS All-Star Game has been opened.
Six players from each MLS team were nominated. Sounders FC’s selections are: goalkeeper Kasey Keller; midfielders Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans and Alvaro Fernandez; forward Fredy Montero and defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado. (In my nominations I included defender Jeff Parke in place of Fernandez. Alonso and Keller are most deserving in my opinion).
Go ahead and cast your vote, but remember that Seattle will be in Panama around that time for a CONCACAF Champions League preliminary-round game around July 26-28. The all-star game is July 27 at Red Bull Arena.
I’ve included the league release on voting details after the jump:
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Fan Ballot Launched for AT&T MLS All-Star Game
Vote now via text or at MLSsoccer.com for the All-Star First XI
NEW YORK (Wednesday, June 8, 2011) – Today Major League Soccer launched fan voting for the 2011 AT&T MLS All-Star game at www.MLSsoccer.com and via text messaging.
A panel of media members nominated a total of 108 players – the top six per team – to the fan ballot. CLICK HERE TO VOTE.
Fans can also vote by sending a player’s last name via text message to 22442. An innovative Twitter vote will occur June 17-20 (details below).
The players with the highest combined votes from these three voting methods will become the first 11 All-Stars – known as the All-Star First XI. The player who receives the most text votes by 11:59 p.m. ET on July 5 will automatically earn a spot among the All-Star First XI.
All-Star Head Coach Hans Backe of the New York Red Bulls will choose the gameday roster and the starting lineup against Manchester United on July 27. The first marquee MLS event ever to be held at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., will be broadcast live on ESPN2, Galavision, and TSN at 8:30 p.m. ET.
A total of 32 All-Stars are named each year, per the collective bargaining agreement. Media, fans, players, the All-Star coach and MLS Commissioner Don Garber all contribute in the All-Star selection process.
The 32 players named 2011 AT&T MLS All-Stars will be selected in four phases:
1) Ballot creation: A select media panel determined the field of players – six players per team – who are most deserving of consideration for this year’s All-Star Game. Those 108 players are eligible for fan voting.
2) Fan voting: Through July 5 at 11:59 p.m. ET, fans will select the “First XI” All-Stars. Fans can vote via any of three digital platforms:
a. At MLSsoccer.com: Vote for your starting lineup of 11 players, beginning June 8.
b. Via text message (SMS): Text an MLS player’s last name to 22442.
— Each vote will count equally with those submitted online in determining the First XI
— The player who receives the most text votes will automatically earn a spot among the First XI.
— Message and data rates may apply
c. Twitter: One vote per tweet between June 17-20. A vote will only be valid if the following conditions are met within one Tweet:
— An MLS player’s Twitter handle (i.e. @juanagudelo17), OR an MLS player’s full name with no space between first and last (i.e. landondonovan) appears in the Tweet.
— The Tweet contains @MLS AND #MLSAllStar
The First XI will be announced on Sunday, July 10, likely on ESPN during halftime of the Portland-Seattle game that begins at 4 p.m. ET.
3) Coach & Commissioner selections: The MLS All-Star head coach will select the gameday roster. Players named to the First XI are eligible for selection to the gameday roster by the coach. MLS Commissioner Don Garber will select two All-Stars; the coach will decide if those two are selected for the gameday roster.
The coach and Commissioner selections will be announced on Monday, July 18.
4) Player selections: Once the final gameday roster has been announced, voting by MLS players will determine the remainder of the 32 All-Stars named annually per the CBA (known as the “inactive roster”).
The final list of 32 All-Stars (4 goalkeepers, 8 defenders, 13 midfielders and 7 forwards) will be announced on MLSsoccer.com on July 25.