All-Star: Which goalkeeper will get your vote?
Someone has to man the net against Chelsea, and you’ve got the power to decide who’s going to do it.
MLS released the list of players eligible for fan voting for the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on Thursday, and one goalkeeper from each MLS club has been named to the list. But who gets your vote?
Will it be the Houston Dynamo’s Tally Hall, who earned his first career All-Star nod last year against Manchester United? How about Real Salt Lake’s Nick Rimando, who earned a call-up to the US national team last month thanks to another stellar season for first-place RSL?
And don’t forget guys like Sporting KC’s Jimmy Nielsen, Colorado’s Matt Pickens, San Jose’s Jon Busch or Montreal’s Donovan Ricketts, all of which have been steady in net this season for their clubs, and are more than deserving of your vote.
Whoever you choose, don’t forget that All-Star voting opens on Friday, June 8 at noon ET on MLSsoccer.com. Fans can also vote by sending a player’s first and last name via text message to 22442. Twitter voting will occur later this month.
The players with the highest combined votes from these three voting methods will become the first 11 All-Stars – known as the All-Star First XI. The player who receives the most text votes by 5 pm ET on Monday, July 2, will automatically earn a spot among the All-Star First XI.
MLS ALL-STAR GOALKEEPER CANDIDATES (19):
CHICAGO FIRE: Sean Johnson
CHIVAS USA: Dan Kennedy
COLUMBUS CREW: Andy Gruenebaum
COLORADO RAPIDS: Matt Pickens
D.C. UNITED: Bill Hamid
FC DALLAS: Kevin Hartman
HOUSTON DYNAMO: Tally Hall
LA GALAXY: Josh Saunders
MONTREAL IMPACT: Donovan Ricketts
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION: Matt Reis
NEW YORK RED BULLS: Ryan Meara
PHILADELPHIA UNION: Zac MacMath
PORTLAND TIMBERS: Troy Perkins
REAL SALT LAKE: Nick Rimando
SEATTLE SOUNDERS: Michael Gspurning
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES: Jon Busch
SPORTING KANSAS CITY: Jimmy Nielsen
TORONTO FC: Milos Kocic
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS: Joe Cannon