yMajor League Soccer has announced the first 11 players that will make up the MLS All-Stars roster for the midsummer showcase against Chelsea on Wednesday, July 25, at PPL Park in Philadelphia. Buy Chelsea v MLS All-Star Tickets
As you would expect, all the big names in MLS are included in the Starting XI:David Beckham will join Donovan, along with Thierry Henry, Dwayne De Rosario, and Chris Wondolowski, to name a few.
Also included in Landon Donovan, who will be making a record-breaking 12th consecutive All-Star Game appearance.
The First XI received the most votes at their respective positions from combined fan voting on three platforms – online at MLSsoccer.com, via text message and via Twitter. The ballot consisted of six players from each club, as chosen by a panel of media members.
Sporting Kansas City boast the most First XI selections of any team with three, including goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen, who won the AT&T text voting. Wondolowski was the top overall vote-getter across the three platforms.
The First XI will not necessarily be the starting lineup for the All-Stars when they take on Chelsea. D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen, who was given the All-Star head coaching job after original selection Peter Nowak parted ways with the Philadelphia Union earlier this season, will select the starters based on player availability and tactical considerations.
2012 MLS All-Star First XI
Goalkeeper: Jimmy Nielsen (Sporting Kansas City)
The remainder of the MLS All-Stars will be announced on July 15 during the halftime of the Red Bulls – Sounders match on ESPN.
Chelsea USA Preseason Tour 2012
July 18: Seattle Sounders v Chelsea FC – Buy Seattle Sounders v Chelsea Tickets
July 25: MLS All-Stars v Chelsea in Philadelphia- Buy Chelsea v MLS All-Star Tickets
July 28: Chelsea v AC Milan at FedEx Field MD (not confirmed)