For the first time in history, the Seattle Sounders have put five players into the MLS All-Star game.
Fans voted three Sounders onto the MLS “Fan XI” – Clint Dempsey, DeAndre Yedlin and Obafemi Martins. And the Sounders announced on Saturday that two more – Chad Marshall and Osvaldo Alonso – had been named to the roster as well.
The five selections onto the All-Star team are the most by any one team in the league this year, and also the most in Sounders history.
The MLS All-Star team will play on August 6 at 6:30 p.m. PT against Bayern, Munich in Portland, Oregon’s Providence Park.
While Dempsey, Yedlin and Martins were fan-voted onto the roster, Marshall and Alonso were chosen by All-Star coach Caleb Porter.
This is Alonso’s fourth straight All-Star selection, and he has been the team MVP four years in a row. He’s started 17 of Seattle’s 18 matches this season.
As for Marshall, this year will be his third appearance on the All-Star roster (2009, 2010). He has played 1,530 minutes this season for the Sounders, leading the team.
Dempsey leads the Sounders in goals scored this year, with nine, and Martins is right behind him with eight. Both Dempsey and Yedlin are getting back into the swing of things in the MLS after stints on the U.S. men’s national team at the World Cup.
It’s Dempsey’s third All-Star selection, Yedlin’s second straight and Martins’ first.
“It’s always great to be there with your teammates—Clint, Oba, DeAndre, and Chad,” Alonso said. “It’s exciting for me. I’m very happy for all of us.”