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Clint Dempsey, Matt Besler, Graham Zusi and Michael Bradley, who took part in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil highlight the list of athletes named to Major League Soccer’s 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Fan XI that will compete against German giants Bayern Munich
MLS Reveals All-Star Fan XI that will face Bayern Munich
07/16/2014
 
Jul 13, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Sounders FC forward Clint Dempsey (2) gives fans a thumbs-up following a 2-0 victory against the Portland Timbers at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

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Eight players who took part in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil highlight the list of athletes named to Major League Soccer’s 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Fan XI that will compete against German giants Bayern Munich in the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday, August 6 at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon. 


U.S. men’s national team captain Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC) features alongside World Cup teammates Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy) and Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake). The Fan XI is rounded out by 2010 World Cup hero Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), former French World Champion Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), and AT&T/EA SPORTS “More Than a Vote” Challenge winner Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders FC).


In what could shape up to be a stateside World Cup showcase, MLS All-Star opponents Bayern Munich currently field seven players that took part in Germany’s World Cup winning team. In total, 14 Bayern players represented their countries in Brazil, more than any club in the world.


The Fan XI received the most votes at their respective positions from combined fan voting on two platforms – online at MLSsoccer.com and via Twitter. The ballot consisted of eight players from each club, as chosen by the media.


Martins earned his place on the Fan XI through the innovative AT&T/EA SPORTS MLS All-Star ‘More Than a Vote’ Challenge. Fans scored more than one million goals with Martins in FIFA 14, with one goal equaling one vote. Other players who finished in the top five of ‘More Than a Vote’ Challenge were Eddie Johnson (D.C. United), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls) and Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy).


A 3-4-3 formation was selected for this year’s Fan XI. 


2014 MLS All-Star Fan XI: 


Goalkeeper: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)


Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC).


Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City).


Forwards: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls), Obafemi Martins (Seattle Sounders FC – AT&T/EA SPORTS “More than a Vote” Challenge winner).

Players who were close to the leading vote-getters at their positions, but finished outside the Fan XI include, in alphabetical order by last name: Steven Beitashour (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Júlio César (Toronto FC), Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Aurelien Collin (Sporting Kansas City), Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC) and Benny Feilhaber (Sporting Kansas City).


The Fan XI are not necessarily included on the game day roster. MLS All-Star coach Caleb Porter will select the roster based on player availability and tactical considerations, but all Fan XI players are All-Stars.


Two selections by MLS Commissioner Don Garber, and Porter’s complete 20-man game day roster, will be announced on Saturday, July 19 during ESPN2’s broadcast of Sporting Kansas City vs. LA Galaxy.


Under the CBA, a total of 32 players will be named All-Stars. After the game day roster, the remaining players receiving the All-Star honor will come from voting among MLS players.

 
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