Six Sounders FC players are on the fan ballot for the 2013 MLS All-Star Game:
GK Michael Gspurning
D Djimi Traore
D DeAndre Yedlin
M Osvaldo Alonso
M Mauro Rosales
F Eddie Johnson
The notable omissions for the Sounders appear be forwards Lamar Neagle and Obafemi Martins, as well as midfielder Brad Evans, but the ballots were determined by media selections several weeks ago.
Here’s coach Sigi Schmid on the All-Star process: “If you’re doing well, people are looking at why you’re doing well, who’s playing well, who’s having an impact, who’s helping the team perform. When you’re not doing well, they’re doing the opposite. They’re saying, ‘Who’s hurting the team? Who’s making the team not perform?’ If you’re doing well, having guys nominated in that regard and then playing well is always an honor to your team. Anytime guys get selected, I think the guys will tell you themselves it’s an individual honor, for sure, but it’s really a reflection of the team.”
Fans can vote online, by sending a player’s last name via text message to 22442 or on Twitter June 20-21.
The exhibition will be against AS Roma on July 31 at Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes, who is managing the All-Stars, will pick a starting lineup. A total of 32 All-Stars are named each year, per the collective bargaining agreement with media, fans, players, the All-Star coach and MLS Commissioner Don Garber all contributing.
2013 AT&T All-Star Game Voting Timeline
Monday: Fan voting begins
June 20-21: Fan voting Twitter window
July 2: Initial fan voting window closes
July 3: AT&T MLS All-Star ‘In the Game’ Challenge begins
July 7: Fan XI announced during halftime of CHI-SKC on ESPN at 12 p.m. PT
July 10: AT&T MLS All-Star ‘In the Game’ Challenge ends
July 11: AT&T MLS All-Star ‘In the Game’ Forwardunveiled
July 15: Commissioner selections and game day roster announced
July 31: MLS All Stars vs. AS Roma at Sporting Park at 6 p.m. PT (ESPN2, UniMas, TSN, RDS)