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July 11, 2011 at 10:45 PM

Keller named to MLS All-Star First XI, but should he play?

keller dc.jpgPhoto credit: Chuck Myer, McClatchy Newspapers

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I had meant to get to this earlier, but Sounders FC goalkeeper Kasey Keller was named to the MLS All-Star First XI during halftime of the big game Sunday. Here’s the full squad:

GK Keller (Seattle Sounders FC), D Sean Franklin (L.A. Galaxy), D Omar Gonzalez (L.A. Galaxy), D Tim Ream (N.Y. Red Bulls), D Rafa Marquez (N.Y. Red Bulls), M David Beckham (L.A. Galaxy), M Brek Shea (FC Dallas), M Jack Jewsbury (Portland Timbers), F Landon Donovan (L.A. Galaxy), F Thierry Henry (N.Y. Red Bulls), F Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

In his reaction to the news, Keller seemed a little disappointed that the July 27 All-Star Game in New York conflicted with Sounders FC’s July 26 CCL preliminary round game in Panama.

“It’s cool, I just don’t know if I’m going to be able to go — that’s the tricky part,” Keller said after the game Sunday. “They want to promote this game and have it be a big thing, but then they schedule stuff around it so some of us won’t be able to make it, which is a bit frustrating.

Coach Sigi Schmid seemed to imply there was a slim chance Keller could still participate.

“Obviously we have an important game for us. That’s an important road game,” said Schmid of the CCL date. “Where we are with our goalkeeper rotation, that’s something I couldn’t tell you right now. Hopefully that decision will be left to us and for us to make without outside pressures.”

Interesting. Not sure what outside pressures there would be. Perhaps MLS would strongly suggest Keller play? What do you think? This is Keller’s final season and the All-Star Game could be one of his last showcases on a national stage. How do you think it should play out? Would you be upset if he took the CCL game off?

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